Our first Narrow Boat voyage, exciting you might think? Actually the thought of it is currently the route of my nightmares!
I understand I am being completely irrational but the thought of being out their with our beautiful boat is so scary, but we do have to move her out of the Brokerage Marina and to the safety of her home marina to be. Enough of my fears though what is the actual route?
Well she is currently safely bobbing in the waters of Whilton Marina, and as you know we will be mooring her at Yelvertoft, so she needs to get there, which means us taking the tiller (With it’s adorable KingFisher tiller pin) and motoring on up stream (Well up the Grand Union).
So as you can see the journey is a meager 9 miles/19 minutes by motor vehicle, so should be a doddle right? Wrong.
Yes you are reading right, the canals route planner (We used the canalplan.org site) works out that the journey will take us 5 hours and 19 minutes. FIVE HOURS NINETEEN MINUTES.
Whats more, over the last few weeks James has been saying to me there are seven locks on the route and three of those within the first five minutes.Whilst my worry was high I had been building myself up to it and the nightmares were slowly subsiding. That was until just now, when looking up the finer details to share with you all in this blog, I have found the man I love has been fibbing all this time, in the hope that I would forget how to count to 14 in a couple of weeks!
Yes folks, as you will see from the glorious canal route planner there are in fact 14 terrifying locks to navigate on our way up to Fantine’s new home. So whilst I was previously hugging my knees and slowly rocking in the corner at the thought of having to get rid of all my tat, you’ll now find me doing the exact same at the thought of these 14 locks and the five and a half terrifying hours at the helm of Fantine for the first time.
James & Kirsty