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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.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Thought the journey would never end.

Blooming 'eck how long did it take to arrive back to Langley on Friday? We left the hotel at 7.45am, got to Calais and onto the ferry around 10ish, arrived at Dover 90 minutes later and after a horrendous journey of hold ups and the driver having to take his breaks, finally got back to Eastwood around 6ish. A taxi was due to collect us from Ikea and take us back home....but after 30 minutes waiting with no sign, Ian, without any real hope of the phone being answered because of the lateness of the hour, tried the Nova travel number. We got a result!!! There was still a person in the offices who assured us a taxi would be with us as soon as possible. Another 10 minutes wait and after 9 hours of sitting in a coach with only the occasional stop at the services to stretch our legs and use the facilities, we thankfully arrived back to FS.

Even the ferries had a queue

So clear we could see the white cliffs before we had left Calais harbour

That kettle went on pretty quick and with no food in the place other than in the freezer, we made do with toasting the frozen bread slices and pigging out on peanut butter toasties.

So now the countdown to Oz starts. Another few family visits to do first though so, with only a little over two weeks to go, it's all hands on deck to get everything done.

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