Thursday, January 28, 2010

A full day cold cruising

Left early this morning as the sun was trying to come out and it looked good for a lovely days cruising. We just chugged along at three miles a hour watching the world go by, and were pleased that bridge 32 had been repaired. This had the big orange bollards under it for ages and it was always tight to get through. We soon got to the Welford arm and were surprised at the lack of boats here. As we went round the corner and on towards the Husbands Bosworth tunnel, the towpath had been closed and a lot of work had been done dredging and repairing the towpath, it did need it badly. The tunnel was surprisingly dry..... When we got through the tunnel, the sun was still out with clearer skies and it started to get really cold. Al wrapped up with two hats, a scarf, four layers and a blanket over her legs on the stern. It was only the Tia Maria coffee's and the bacon butty's that kept us going. We love the countryside around here as the canal follows the contours of the hills and weaves it's way towards Foxton. We had been cruising for five and a half hours today and done 13 miles, a long cruise for us. We moored up with a nice view across landscape. Luckily the fire had been going all day and Derwent6 was like a sauna inside, we soon warmed up nicely. We passed three boats today and one passed us late in the evening, so still not much movement. We had an inkling that the weather might freeze again (minus four overnight) so we thought we would get somewhere where water was available, in case we can't move.

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