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, 16 July 2012

Anyone Remember The Drought.

Monday, 16th July, 2012.
Long Buckby to Weedon.
4.5 Miles, 6 Locks.

In case you forgot this picture should help.

We left our overnight moorings, along with the boat we planned to share the locks with at 9.15, the other boat was heading for London and had moorings booked at Camden Town and tickets for the games.  They came from Wigan and had allowed themselves 6 weeks for the journey at a leisurely pace, however a head gasket failure near Fradley had led to a complete engine overhaul, this had used up a lot travelling time and they had 10 days left to get to their moorings.

The extra water in the canal made opening the bottom gate on a couple of the locks difficult as so much water was cascading over the top gates.

The collapsed towpath between locks 12 and 13 is finally
being repaired with new steel piling.

There's something solid down there.

At the bottom of the flight we tied up as by now the rain was very heavy, I walked across to the Chandlers at Whilton Marina for milk and was impressed by the transformation since the the new manager, Bim Simcoe took over, it's all very clean and organised now.

We are moored at Weedon tonight planning to top up with Diesel at Stowe Wharf tomorrow and carry on to Stoke Bruerne.


Sue said...

Stowe Wharf is 1p cheaper on diesel than Tarry's at Nether Heyford, so right choice!

Halfie said...

As we entered Buckby top lock on our way down on Sunday the (volunteer?) lockie had us wait at least 20 minutes in case another boat came along for us to share with!