|Towards the top of the Buckby flight.|
|Descending Braunston flight|
Last year the big planned trip to the Historic Narrow Boat Club's 50th Anniversary gathering at Woking has to be cancelled due to engine issues. This year they are having an Easter event on the Birmingham Canal Navigations - a substantial trip out for us, but not one that will take up many weeks, and also a good test for all the work done on "Flamingo". So we have decided to go for it, and, as the post title suggests go for our first full trip in a while.
|"Avonturier" can be wheel steered from the front as well as tiller steered.|
We then had a pretty standard day, doing the two lock flights we do by far the most often - those at Buckby, followed by those at Braunston, with Braunston Tunnel between the two. We came down Braunston with one of the brothers who are owners at Wyvern Shipping, and I was only then reminded that for a while he owned "Nutfield", another "Large Northwich" like "Flamingo". He commented on the heavy whine from our Lister Blackstone gearbox when in reverse - a fairly distinctive feature of many of these boxes.
|"Large Woolwich" "Aber"|
We had considered carrying on into the evening, but decided we were tired enough that stopping there was a better plan. In fact we were tired enough that we went to the pub to avoid cooking and washing up. The only downside is that I am on a very strong antibiotic for an infected tooth which comes with very dire warnings about not mixing with alcohol. It's rare that I return from the pub having drunk only an orange juiced, but today was one of those rarities.
|Classic Braunston view taken from our mooring.|
Miles: 10.9, Locks: 13
Total Trip Miles: 10.9, Locks: 13