After yesterdays excitement of the family visit, we thought today may be a bit of an anticlimax. Not to be though as we certainly have had some heart stopping moments, one by London Road bridge which happened to be after a particularly sharp right hand bend. Bridge 'ole looked to be clear as I came round until suddenly, appearing through the bridge from my right, a cruiser. I did panic
From Pewsey to Devizes we have been inundated with canoeists. Some I'm sure with a death wish as they overtake traveling boats coming our way and we only just miss them. Evasive maneuvers have been called for many a time!
|Canoeist at FS's bow|
Then the same overtaking canoeists earlier, overtook us this time, and as he got to a moored boat.... just fell in!! We were still coming toward him, although this time we put FS on tickover. Then blow me down if he doesn't push off from the bank as soon as he had got back into his canoe just as we drew level. Good grief what have we done to deserve all this!!!
Getting to Devizes was a relief and even more so when we found two spaces for FS and Vixen to fit into. Had we arrived 20 minutes later we could have pulled onto the 72 hour mooring opposite as a wide beam vacated the space. Wasn't left empty for long as a hire boat was very quick in claiming it!
Since about 3pm it hasn't stopped raining. Glad we got moored up when we did although we rather hoped to give Devizes wetherspoon's a try later. If it doesn't stop then baked beans on toast will be Ian's dinner tonight! Oh and we noticed another blogger on this waterway. Nb Futurest. moored on the opposite side. Yet to meet and say hello. Hope we get the chance before we leave tomorrow.
And a few photos of today's journey,
|Pickled Hill. Anyone for cow chutney???|
|Moo are you looking at?|
|Head up, stomach in.|
|White Horse cut into the hill in 1812. It's a copy of the White Horse at Cherhill|
|Will you look at those reeds. This is Vixen in front of us.|
|Bishop Canning Swing Bridge|
|Hows that for a different pram top. An old land rover hard top.|