Did drift off because the alarm went off at 7am and by 7.30am Tentatrice and Cleddau had set off for the lock. Thought it a tad early as we had been told 8am but they obviously thought it the right time to go and they were correct. Two large cruisers also passed us and by the time we got to the lock at 7.45am there was no room for FS and we had to wait for the next locking.
|Tentatrice goes in.|
|Monty keeping a lookout. Woofatch our boat Uncle Ken!|
|Then it was our turn.|
|And we're off|
|Hotel boat turning at Brentford|
|Bit confusing as to which entrance.|
|We took the right hand lock|
|Other two boats now on their way while we had to wait.|
|Finally the lock keeper let us go but not until one of the crew from Mabel had insurance proof and cash in hand!|
|We stopped by the facilities and found Sue and Ken and Chris and Jennie already moored.|
|Brief chat and farewell but no doubt will meet later in the month. After all Milton Keynes is all of our destinations.|
|Ian and Diane grateful for a tow.|
It was once we had them back to the towpath that they told us the cable from the gearbox had been replace by RCR only a few months ago. To have it go again was unacceptable and a rude phone call to RCR was forthcoming. Cant say I blame them but how lucky he wasn't still on the river!
With all the delays we never made it to Hanwell and the Fox pub. Two locks out of the way when the rain started in earnest. Got ourselves moored and settled down to an afternoon of athletics. Well done Jessica Ennis for getting the Heptathlon gold. Will see what the weather throws at us tomorrow before we make a decision whether to move or not.
And on route
|Two fisherman together|