Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Stoke Bruerne Tuesday 2 August 2016

Well it rained most of the night and we have had over 5 mm of rain in the last 24 hours. It was fine, just when we set off this morning but we have had drizzle and light showers on and off all day.

I wonder when people will realise these bins are for dog poo, not beer cans and general waste. I will send a photo to CRT but its not their fault and in the end we pay for clearing it up.DSCF5049

There are two lots of old boats we passed that are waiting for someone to give them the care and attention they deserve.

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We also passed another strange craft, I suppose you could call it a Container Ship, but this one is outboard powered.

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We topped up with diesel at Rugby Boats who are situated at Stowe hill Wharf at 59.9 p/lt we should be OK now until we get to the Oxford canal.

We met the ex working boat Owl in one of the bridge holes, well we were in the bridge hole and he kept coming so I backed up, at least my bit was straight and the steerer did thank me, what he failed to do was tell me there was a motorised butty behind him who I met when I was half way through the hole, but we missed each other so that was fine.

My grandson tried his had at steering between the showers and did very well considering he is 9 and not been on a boat since last year, he needed a little help in seeing where he was going but did very well.

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We Stopped for lunch just before Blisworth village and after setting off again wondered why there were no boats moored there. They have closed the moorings for 2 weeks for the Blisworth Festival


There was just one boat coming towards us in the tunnel, a Narrowboat but by the smell of it he had a petrol engine, ether that or a generator for his fairy lights. The tunnel was well foggy for the second half and we managed to miss the major water shoots. I still have not been able to find out what the culvert on the left is about 500 yards before you get to the Stoke Bruerne end as you can see light at the end of it. I was under the impression no one moors at Stoke Bruerne so we passed the trees that were dripping water only to find the moorings from here on almost full, we just pulled into one spot touching fenders with the boat each end of us. After visiting the museum we took a walk down a couple of locks and here the moorings looked chocker block.

Today’s Journey  map 11 11½ miles, 1 Junction, 1 Tunnel in 4½ hours

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