Tuesday was another wet day where we decided to stay attached to the bank. In stark contrast, yesterday the weather gods bestowed on us a glorious boating day! The ‘Gongoozlers’ were out in force, also it seemed enjoying a ‘glorious boating day’ except without a boat (been ‘there’ as Gongoozlers).
We set off early around 8:00 am, the sun had been shining since daybreak, and we eventually moored at 5:00 pm. We covered 10 GU locks; cruised 7.5 miles; brimmed the diesel tank with 95 litres of diesel, and bought 3 bags of coal from M & P Canal Carrying Co (salt of the earth these coal boat people); we called into a sanny for Elsan chores, filled the water tank, and dumped the rubbish; then we called at Frogmoor Wharf (Tesco’s wharf) to restock our provisions. I love days like this! At the end of the day we were happily tired, and felt we’d accomplished quite a bit.
After dinner, a drink, and an episode of ‘Vera’ on ITV3, there wasn’t much time to write a blog.
Our journey was really pleasant, all we met had bright smiles and wanted to chat. Surprising what ‘magic’ a little sunshine can do.
John worked all 10 locks today, a sure sign his ankle is on the mend.
The ‘first’ lock after visiting Tesco was ‘Stockers Lock’, the adjacent farm was the setting where ‘Black Beauty’ was filmed. Which has got us thinking if the canal featured in the film?
We’re now 15 miles away from the end of the Grand Union at Brentford, and 20 miles away from Teddington Lock which will take us onto the ‘Mighty Thames’. Presently the Thames is on red, meaning:
The river is flowing extremely fast and the majority of the weirs are fully open. Many of the tail lay-bys are underwater and completely inaccessible. Large items of debris are being carried by the strong stream. We strongly advise all boaters not to navigate in the current conditions.”
We don’t want to go too far into London while we wait for the Thames to ‘calm down’, as rumour has it the canal has quite a lot of debris above Hanwell locks. We’re in no rush, and being fully provisioned means we’ve got no worries. We’ll use the time to study our route on the Thames.
Today we’ve cruised 7.5 miles, and 10 locks.