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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.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

My dog fix with the lovely Klara

Monday 5th Dec

Although we got up early Mick had already left for work so we didn't get to say a proper goodbye. But I did get to go for a walk with Elly taking Klara for a run. Lovely to have that dog fix again. By 9.30am we were ready to leave and it was with great reluctance that our farewells were said. Maybe in the future they will return to the UK and hopefully we will meet up. As for us our journey was the longest to date. We reckoned we did about 340km going via Echuca to see the historic port and steam boats and then ending up at Beechworth. Will probably stay for a couple of days to see what is around here before setting off for the final leg of this stage of our adventure.

The mist rolled in which was a shame as the views were supposed to be stunning.

Seen on the way back from our walk.

Having checked the wheel nuts were tight (bit paranoid about that at the moment) the long straight quiet roads stretched endlessly before us. But Abba was playing on an app on the phone so singing along helped and when that finished War of the Worlds was a must listen too. Stopping at Echuca we first had lunch while listening to the cicada chirping away (not so bad this time) and then walked to the Murray river to see the steam boats. So disappointed that we couldn't get close. We asked at the booking office if we could take a few photos but the answer was only if we paid to go into the museum. So we had to make do with photos from afar.

Alexander Arbuthnot
 By 6pm we had arrived at Beechworth. Having checked in, given free WiFi access and a cable so we could watch TV through their aerial, a very welcome beer for Ian and wine for me saw us sitting and relaxing while enjoying the last of the sun. Still at 24° we think we are in for a sticky night.
The wildlife,

Australian wood duck male

And female

On the fly screen.

Another Lorikeet????

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