Ah, now.....this was not the last post for a while after all! Did I mention we may change our plans yet again? Well, we sure did. The logistics of getting a train from Penkridge to Long Eaton, changing numerous times and it taking 1 hr 45 mins didn't seem like the best plan. Then getting a bus from Long Eaton to Sandiacre would add another 30 minutes. Another good 10 minutes walk from the bus stop and we would finally have reached the Bungalow. That's nearly half a day gone. And then what do we do with the car? Leave it at Penkridge or keep catching buses to hop from one destination to another, seemed a lot of fiffing and faffing. The other alternative was to hire a car, but the quote online of nearly £100 for the day about floored us! But unfortunately it was a no brainer really, we had to hire a car.
By 7.30 am we were on our way and by 8 am Ian was on the phone to Enterprise car rental in Cannock. They are more expensive than other hire companies. For us being collected and returned to a place of our choice is a necessity and we think Enterprise is the only company that does that. Hark back to my first paragraph and the quote of £100 a day. But, and this is where anyone wanting to hire a car from Enterprise should take heed, if you phone on the day or even the day before and except the smallest no-frills car, the price could come down to between 30 or 40 pounds. We were charged just £37 for the day and wow, how unexpected and very welcome. An arrangement was made for a pick up at The Boat, Penkridge for 10.30am.
Within 5 hours the generator, as well as a 5ltr full petrol can, had been collected and placed on the back deck of FS, and the car returned back to Cannock. Then it was pull pins, descend Penkridge lock and moor well away from any other boat. The generator was fired into life and voltage showed the batteries were finally being charged.
Not much wildlife to show today.
|Opposite the mooring|
|On the back of a lock gate|