Sunday, 22 March 2015

Blacking Cruise: Day 2

We both slept very well, and woke to a much brighter day.  We had a relaxed start, and by the time we were ready to set off, anglers had set up all around us.  There were boats just leaving the first lock, which meant the top one was also in our favour.

We had a quick chat with Kathryn at the top lock before she dashed off to a meeting.  Further along towards the tunnel, the tow path is being re-done.

Blisworth tunnel was pretty wet.  We passed one boat as we went through.  The other side, the sun was still shining, making the best of the Northants countryside.

We moored up just short of Bugbrooke for lunch, then carried on through the village to Heyford Fields marina, where we're having the blacking done.  We moored up on the outside of the marina, then we drove in Adrian's car back to Thrupp Wharf, where he dropped me off.  He's now gone to London for work, while I drove back to Heyford Fields, stopping for a bit of extra shopping on the way -- all the things we've realised over the past two days that need topping up.

It's been really quite warm in the sun this afternoon, and I've been outside chatting to our temporary neighbours, and James from the boat yard.  Tomorrow, I'm hoping to see Briar Rose come out the water.

8 miles, 2 locks.  (13 miles, 7 locks)

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