Narrowboat Expeditio

1 year, 4 months ago Neil Murray wrote:
Neil Murray

Day 1. We started the day at the early time of 7:30 (practically a lie in) and started off with some continental breakfast cooked in our very own oven- A welcomed addition compared to our usual camp stove. After a ruff exit from the marina we promptly moved along to our first obstacle of the day-A lock. Explorers both diving the boat and opening the gates we eventually made it through, with some extra dents. After a few more locks we turned around (just about) and went back the way we came. We continued past our original marina, each taking a turn at driving. After a series of back breaking locks and some close encounters with other boats, we came to Braunston tunnel. We took a while getting through the seeming less endless void only to exit into moonlight. We quickly moored up and cooked dinner. After we devoured our delicious dinner (cooked by me) we headed straight to bed. Somehow, Narrowboating takes up more energy that anything I’ve ever done in explorers.

Day 2. We awoke at a similar time, but to with bacon rolls added to our breakfast kindly cooked by the leaders. After tying off we made good speed to the first lock. Despite the first locks leakyness we made it through all 6 at a blistering pace. We got some good miles in without a crash (mostly) so we decided lunch would be an in motion event. Fortunately nothing ( and no one) fell out of the boat so we were able to make it to our turning point at half two. After the long day we got a stack of pizza (we need ovens on camp more often) and will soon get to bed at the time of writing.

P.S someone please bring a portable charger, Joel’s losing his mind

Written by Jonathan Skinner

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1 year, 4 months ago Neil Murray wrote:
Neil Murray

Today we awoke to a sheer face of locks. After breakfast, we crashed our way through several locks. We then returned to the Braunston tunnel and quickly hopped off the boat. The explorers ventured over the tunnel this time which proved to be a lucky escape as the leaders encountered a bit of a traffic jam and Ron had a brown trousers moment. We reunited at the other end facing another half a dozen locks, in which we visited a shop while the water filled. After lunch we cruised thankfully for the lack of locks on this part of the canal. However this presented its own challenges with a rogue boat damning the canal and someone dropped their nappy pin in the canal whilst mooring up. We then let the leaders cook the stir fry and we prepped the veg for it. Written by Ben Said by Jonathan.