TUESDAY 18TH TO SUNDAY 23RD OCTOBER 2011
Fortunately there seemed to be no problems with the engine as we left Atherstone behind, Jacquie turning the engine off as soon as she heard it starting to beep obviously prevented any damage. We took our time travelling back to Napton and as we have been this way so many times I didn’t bother with the camera. We stopped in Rugby for two nights, taking advantage of the proximity of the several retail parks for a bit of therapy, but the lovely thing about the final part of the journey was seeing so many chums.
Carol & George from N.B. Rock’n’Roll saw us first and we both slowed down enough to exchange pleasantries as we passed, then it was Jane and Michael from N.B. Mood Blues moored up near bridge 101, who we roused with a blast or two from our tooters and a bit further on Sheridan was walking his ferrets and we stopped alongside their boat to chat to Tia. As we were blown into the marina various hands waved us a welcome, but fortunately we got SKYY safely alongside for the usual facilities and got onto our pontoon without any embarrassment. Finally to our surprise a knock on the roof in the evening and there was Nicky from N.B. Wayward Spinner, who we last saw as we set sail from Selby in April.
Well that’s it for our cruising in 2011, but the good news is that we are looking forward to new adventures in 2012. Our intention is to ‘do’ The Fens, but to add an extra frisson of excitement we are considering getting onto The Fens via the Wash from Boston. Good chums on another boat are also up for it and as yet we need to do a proper feasibility study, but if anybody has some advice other than ‘Don’t do it’ I would like to hear it.
In the meantime we hope that the winter weather is relatively warm i.e. above freezing with rainy nights, making life easier for you brave continuous cruisers and topping the canals and reservoirs up, for all of us in the Spring.