No Direction

No Direction is our 70ft Narrowboat which is now home to my wife Jayne and myself, it was launched on 4th February 2008.

We spend the Winters in a Marina and cruise in the warmer weather.

Monday, 4 June 2012

So Many Boats Around.

Monday 4th June 2012.
Nether Heyford to Stoke Bruerne.
10 Miles and 1 Tunnel.

Today was busy, the Grand Union Canal was more like a Motorway than a Canal, I think every boat in the area was out.

We stopped as planned and went to the shop in Nether Heyford so we're set up now for a week or so. Next stop was the services at Gayton Junction to fill the water tank, then onwards to Stoke Bruerne, Blisworth Tunnel was very very wet, we caught up with a boat whose steerer was having problems, 2 or 3 times he hit the tunnel walls which really echoed, I think he was a tunnel virgin.

Boats visiting the Stoke Bruerne Gala are moored down below the second lock in what is known as the long pound, we always turn around when we arrive so we are pointing in the right direction to head back this involves dropping down another 3 locks to a wide section of water, however this year we decided to turn at the winding hole by the tunnel and reverse, so that's what we've done, not all the way yet as we found a space above the top lock just in front of the Fudge Boat where we'll stay tonight, the space was a bit tight but we squeezed in.

Jayne shouted there's about an inch to spare but it was an exaggeration.

And at the other end it was fender up.

Tomorrow morning when the locks open we'll reverse down the 2 locks and tie up until next week.

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