Sunday, 13 April 2014

Spring cruise - Day 10

There wasn't a cloud in the sky this morning, but it was also pretty cold as we set off at around 8.45.  The plod through Milton Keynes, Great Linford, and Wolverton is very familiar, so it's a job to find anything to take a photo of.  But I did try a panorama of the Wolverton railway mural.

Moored near The Galleon pub were a couple of flats full of rubbish.  I'd noticed that the Milton Keynes branch of the IWA had a canal clean up yesterday, and I guess this is the proceeds.

We saw more boats today than any other day we've been out.  Almost all the Wyvern Shipping hire boats that passed us yesterday were seen heading back, and there were also lots of private boats out.  We crossed the Wolverton Aqueduct heading for Cosgrove Lock, and had a Gayton hire boat in front, going very very slowly.  I was in neutral most of the way.  Still, it gave us a few moments to have a quick chat with Del and Al on Derwent6 as we drifted past.

A boat had come out of the lock so the gates were open.  The hire boat went in, noticed we were behind them, and moved to one side so we could go in too.  There was also a boat waiting above, so with plenty of people on the ground we let them do all the work!  We were quickly back at our marina, and I did one of my better turns and reverses into our berth.  Once the shoreline was connected, we put the towels in the washing machine, packed up our things, had lunch, and topped up the water tank.  By the time the washing had finished, we were all ready to hit the road and head back home.

It's been a good week.  We enjoyed having friends on board and being on our own.  We haven't done many miles or hours, but we've enjoyed moving and being moored up.  The weather has been largely great, especially the past few days.  And with it being so sunny today, it was really difficult to come home!

8 miles, 1 lock.  (73 miles, 60 locks)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ah, I'd hoped we would catch up with you before you got back to base, though we've had a slow run out of London on account of catching up with so many boaty friend so maybe it's for the best!

Hope to see you on the cut sometime this year though :-)

Sue, nb Indigo Dream