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In 1977 we hired our first narrowboat from Anglo Welsh at Market Harborough.From that moment our destiny was set. In 2006 we finally purchased our own brand new 57' narrowboat which we named 'Free Spirit'. Our aim is to travel the length and breadth of all the navigable rivers and canals of the UK. This will be our story as it unfolds.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Storms hit Douglas and a trip round the TT course

The change in the weather last night was dramatic. First the rain started then came the gales. We knew we were in for a soaking when the hotel barometer dropped to storm conditions.

When we came down to breakfast the first thing to greet us was this.

Couldn't finish breakfast quick enough to get outside and take some shots. At one point the waves breached the sea wall and flooded the promenade sending these barriers skating toward the car park.

With high tide still to come the waves were brilliant. Most exhilarating to stand outside watching the full force of the tide. Took some photos in burst mode and also managed to get the photos from one of our Gadabouts bedroom window. Wish I had had that room!

From the second floor window.

 I could have stayed to watch for hours but our coach trip round the TT course was booked for 10am. I would have loved to do this circuit on one of the motorbike trikes advertised but the driver of the coach certainly put his foot down in places and both of us enjoyed every minute. Took some photos from the coach and only of the beware sharp bend signs. This in itself was difficult when traveling at 50 mph. So this is the best I could do I'm afraid.


Don't expect the racers to appreciate the views


The stands

So this was our last day on the Island. What a fabulous place and one I highly recommend for a visit.
Back to the UK first thing and hopefully we wont have to experience the conditions that these poor people had to suffer on the crossing this morning.

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