FRIDAY 26TH JUNE 2009
Rain was promised, but we intending to be at a safe place for Andrew to meet us this evening. I have known Andrew since he was just a teenager, 35 years ago, when we shared a common interest in radio controlled model airplanes. Andrew went on to become a computer and electronics whizz and he set up our great SKYY web and email addresses. Unfortunately his lovely wife Alison has to work summer weekends and wouldn’t be able to join us.
Old Wolverton and the Galleon Inn and public car park looked good on paper, but we had six miles and five locks to Fenny Stratford and then another eleven lock free miles all around Milton Keynes before we would arrive at our selected destination.
We beat the rain to Fenny Stratford, where the lock is in a really quaint canal setting, with cottages lined up down one side and a road with a swing bridge crossing right across the centre of the lock. Don’t forget your BW key as this is needed to unlock the mechanism before the bridge can be swung out of the way, only after this is done can you enter the lock.
After that excitement the weather performed as promised and the rain tipped down. There was no wind and the temperature was warm so it wasn’t a problem, just very wet. By the time we had the last couple of miles to go the sun struggled through the cloud and dried us up. The mooring was as required, but the pub was closed for refurbishment, however the M25 delayed Andrews arrival until just before nine o’clock so Jacquie served dinner straight away and bed soon followed.