|Braunston stop house|
|Not even looking where he was going|
|Moored boats for quite a distance out of Braunston|
|Ominous grey clouds herald drizzle that started after this was taken|
|I know that boat|
|Its Caxton and her new owners with Sue at the helm and George lock wheeling|
Later a passing boat called out that they had read our blog whilst eating breakfast. God we have a reader Chris, so better smarten up our act and spelling!
Hillmorton lock beams have been carved with some short phrases. Not sure if it in keeping with the canal history but looks interesting none the less. These single boat locks come in 3 sets of pairs making it possible for boats to pass each other in opposite directions whilst locking at the same time as happened when we met Caxton. They in one lock and us in the other beside them.
After that we made better time towards Rugby. We knew we were headed that way by the artwork present in the bridge ‘oles, some of it quite good. Shame the graffiti taggers had to spoil it.
|Guess where we are headed|
We had intended to stop to shop in Rugby but all the mooring spaces were spoken for so we continued on. We have plenty of food aboard for now so no urgency. By now we had caught up to a Rose Narrowboats day boat full of young things clearly enjoying the day out. It was very apparent they were also enjoying a drink or four as their manoeuvres were becoming more and more erratic and slower as time went on. We followed them at tick over for several miles until just as we reached the arm that was the old route of the Oxford canal they decided to wind just as a boat coming the other way and us behind them were going converging on them. Both the other boat and ourselves gave them plenty of space as they ricocheted of both banks in their attempt to turn. Thank god they missed us as they came past us, I'm not even sure the helmsman was even aware we were there as he could barely hold his beer can without spilling it! Should we have reported that to the hire boat company or just let them all enjoy their outing?
Next was Newbold tunnel, we knew this 189m long tunnel had been lit with different coloured flood lights at one time but sadly now only one light remains working. It must have looked ethereal when they were all lit.
|The one remaining light at the end of the tunnel|
(sorry could not resist)
|Our mooring for the night well away from the maddening crowds|
Total distance:14.34 miles Elapsed time:6h50m51s Locks:3Bridges:42 Tunnels:1
Average speed:2.09 mph (2.53 lock/mph)