Wednesday, 2 December 2009

November Cruise - Day Five

More heavy rain overnight, but by this morning it was dry and misty. It seemed just the right weather for the cuttings at Tyrley, Woodseaves, and Grub Street. The Tyrley locks were all in our favour, so the five were completed in less than 40 minutes.

We were held up for about 20 minutes at Bridge 52, where there's major work going on because of a leak in the embankment. The workmen asked us to moor up, but being unable to get into the side, we went alongside one of the boats moored on the offside. Looking at the stoppages, we were lucky not to be delayed for much longer, as starting tomorrow the navigation is closed between 8am and 1pm and 2pm and 4pm.

We arrived back at Norbury Wharf just after 1pm. Adrian had made use of the long lock-free stretch by starting the packing and cleaning. Once we'd moored up, we went to the Junction Inn for lunch, then finished up on the boat. Shortly before we left, we spotted Lazydays coming past, and had a quick chat with Alan and Frances. We've been using a roof-mounted magnetic antenna for our mobile broadband dongle, as tested and approved by Alan (although I note he's now moved onto something involving a pole!) It does seem to improve the signal strength, except where there's no signal at all. We packed the car, and were away from Norbury at about 3pm. The journey home took just under four hours, much of it in very wet weather.

11 miles, 5 locks. (55, 54)


nblazydays said...

Nice to meet up with you. I got the pole mounted antenna because it would allow me to do more experimentation (play). The conclusion thus far, there is nothing wrong with just using the magnetic mount, you just put it up and forget about it.

Neil Corbett said...

Great pic of Tyrley locks. We haven't been there in many a long year, but your photo brought it all back. A pity about the weather but i suppose it is December. Enjoy yhe rest of your cruise.