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2017 grand cruise #701635
07/13/17 6:16 pm
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Yes, GARNET is out cruising again for the Summer. However it has been a tad difficult to make progress. I will try and get some pics, dates and things posted soon, if any one is interested.


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Re: 2017 grand cruise [Re: Mike Muir] #701638
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I am interested and hoping I can at last catch up with garnet


Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures

"He knows not where he's going,
For the ocean will decide,
Its not the destination,
It's the glory of the ride”
(Edward Monkton, Zen Dog)

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Originally Posted by Mike Muir
Yes, GARNET is out cruising again for the Summer. However it has been a tad difficult to make progress. I will try and get some pics, dates and things posted soon, if any one is interested.

Yes! This someone is interested!
Don in Niagara


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Re: 2017 grand cruise [Re: Mike Muir] #701670
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I am also interested. When you first started posting that you had gone to England and the canal system, I found an old article in a magazine at the doctors off about the canals and rebuilding them. quite interesting.

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I'm interested Mike lad, keep it coming says I.... :bigt

BLIMEY Franko lad, when I was in the doctors, the magazine there were so old, I found out about the Titanic... shocked


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Re: 2017 grand cruise [Re: Kent Shaun] #701701
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Originally Posted by Kent Shaun
I'm interested Mike lad, keep it coming says I.... :bigt

BLIMEY Franko lad, when I was in the doctors, the magazine there were so old, I found out about the Titanic... shocked


Whenever I visit doctor, dentist or hospital I take an old bike mag to liven up the pile of dog eared literature :bigt


Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures

"He knows not where he's going,
For the ocean will decide,
Its not the destination,
It's the glory of the ride”
(Edward Monkton, Zen Dog)

Bryan



Re: 2017 grand cruise [Re: BeezaBryan] #701831
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Last Wednesday I was at ST. Cross Hospital in Rugby, picked up a Classic Car magazine from the pile, dated August 2009!
Bryan, I'm afraid we are about as far North (Hawkesbury Junction, Coventry) as we will reach this time. Too many off days!
Working on dating and locating pictures for a "yarn" right now.


Mike, home is where we moor it.
Re: 2017 grand cruise [Re: Mike Muir] #701836
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Many off days here too Mike but we are hopeful of a return to the better days.
Coventry is about 60 miles from us, an hour or so car drive


Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures

"He knows not where he's going,
For the ocean will decide,
Its not the destination,
It's the glory of the ride”
(Edward Monkton, Zen Dog)

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Re: 2017 grand cruise [Re: Mike Muir] #701897
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How much notice do you need? We are going to get to Hawkwesbury "soon", currently a 30 minute towpath stroll on the Rugby side.


Mike, home is where we moor it.
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For the first part of this year's planned cruise (intended destination to get up onto the Peak Forest Canal in Derbyshire) we were covering old ground so the camera did not get that much of a work out.
We left the marina late in the morning on May 31st., turned left (to go North) and immediately had to dodge a repair crew rebuilding the tow path! Intended destination for the day, the Wharf at Fenny Compton. Phill took the tiller for the 3 locks that we managed, then while waiting our turn for lock #4 (Claydon Bottom Lock) I got hit by a passing isobar. We waved the boat behind us past, then backed up so we were not occupying the lock landing and moored up. A nice sunny day, quite pleasant to sit and watch the world go by.
more to come.

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2017may31PTDC0006 at the service point.JPG (215 downloads)
GARNET at the service berth, all filled up and ready to go
2017may31PTDC0007 C&RT crew between marina entrances.JPG (328 downloads)
GARNET at the service berth, all filled up and ready to go
2017may31PTDC0008broadmoor village.JPG (227 downloads)
The group of permanent moorers above Broadmoor Lock.
2017may31PTDC0011 approachington Elkington.'s Lock.JPG (256 downloads)
Phill making the approach to Elkington’s Lock
2017may31PTDC0019.JPG (208 downloads)
Barbie ready to cook, chairs in the sunshine
2017may31PTDC0021.JPG (223 downloads)
The lock we did not do. An Anglo-Welsh boat emerging from Claydon Bottom Lock. Most of the boats we saw today were hire boats.
cropredy Marina to Claydon Bottom lock.jpg (198 downloads)
Bit of a 'speriment, Google Earth view of this days travel.

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Great to see the countryside from a different angle! I'd prolly be seeing if any fish are biting.
Cheers
Don


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Originally Posted by Mike Muir
How much notice do you need? We are going to get to Hawkwesbury "soon", currently a 30 minute towpath stroll on the Rugby side.


When I got some medical issues resolved plans can and will be made smile


Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures

"He knows not where he's going,
For the ocean will decide,
Its not the destination,
It's the glory of the ride”
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Bryan



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The lock at Hawkesbury Junction, 1.25 miles in front of us was damaged underwater Monday pm, and is closed until repaired. There is no alternate route, and the lock is between us and the next winding hole (turning point) water and waste facility. The NEAREST winding hole is about 1/4 mile behind, took another boat about an hour to back down to it yesterday afternoon. Narrowboats do not do backwards very well, but I might have to try it today, if the weather co-operates.


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Re: 2017 grand cruise [Re: Mike Muir] #703240
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Right, back in time again.
June 1st was a stay put day, except we managed a short walk up to Claydon Middle Lock.
June 2nd started with Phill feeling unwell, no breakfast for her! However I was OK and as I can no longer predict a good day ahead of time, we moved off.
Claydon Flight has 5 locks, no pictures, as I forgot to grab the camera. P did most of the steering while opened and closed them. One approach had an impact that caused the previously cracked glass in the cabin wood burning stove to break completely, no problem, as I have a spare.
Once at the summit, yes we are back on the highest pound of the Oxford Canal (about 300’ above sea level), there are no more locks until the Napton flight’s 9 locks drop us down to meet the Grand Union at Napton Junction. However that is for another day, as we moored up at Fenny Compton, near a pub and so we can replenish supplies with a Tesco delivery. Before we reached there we had problems with lift bridge 141, which resulted in a broken window. AS the glass is still in place I will not need to cut some plywood to fill the hole.
This bridge is normally left in the raised position, but people were working in an adjacent field and had lowered it for access. Some repair work had been done during the winter, and this has upset the balance to the point that Phill was unable to raise it, and I let GARNET hit it while I was manoeuvring so I could get off and add my weight to the problem. I called Canal & River Trust to report the problem,and it will be looked at.

Not moving now until Monday, this is 14 day spot, David (P’s brother) is meeting us for Sunday lunch bringing our postal ballot papers for the upcoming election, then Tesco’s delivery on Monday.
M&P

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A contrast in boats.
2017june01 ECLIPSE Near Claydon Bottom Lock.JPG (149 downloads)
ECLIPSE is a 2007 replica of a working boat, with a cabin under the clothes.
2017june01 PTDC0006 bridge strike damage.JPG (186 downloads)
Spider cracks in the window.
Re: 2017 grand cruise [Re: Mike Muir] #703262
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Thanks so much for taking us along Mike. Looks like a fun and very interesting way to while away the days.
Mike G


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Re: 2017 grand cruise [Re: Kent Shaun] #703274
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Originally Posted by Kent Shaun
I'm interested Mike lad, keep it coming says I.... :bigt

BLIMEY Franko lad, when I was in the doctors, the magazine there were so old, I found out about the Titanic... shocked


Haha I nearly broke a rib. I have to steal this for some future conversationalingling.

:bigt

Yes, great post up Mike!

Cheers

Rich

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Ay oop, someone mentioned fish. Are there actually fish in those canals? If so, is it legal to catch them? And if you do, are they fit to eat? (I'm thinking about carp and other fish that aren't fit to eat without extreme cooking issues ....)

That would certainly add some benefit to canal living to make up for the lock repairs and dodgy bridges ... !

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Re: 2017 grand cruise [Re: Lannis] #703320
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Lannis, yes there are fish in the canals, legal to catch but you need a rod (or net) license to fish at all, and the actual rights to fishing are usually owned by a local angling club, from whom you have to buy a day permit. Not being an angler, I presume every so often a club member will walk their stretch to check on and issue permits as required. Edible? Can't answer that, I'm happy to eat the crayfish (once caught these are supposed to be killed and not returned), but someone else here might know. There are a lot of angling competitions held along the waterways over here, I think they are on "catch and release", bit of a pain when cruising as you have to pass them all (perhaps a hundred rods) at tick-over to avoid scaring the fish, and you can't moor there until they have gone home.
The marina has carp in it, these are monsters, because the management will not allow fishing in the basins, but the locals can be seen opposite on the towpath the entrance doing long casts to try for them.


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Originally Posted by Mike Muir
Lannis, yes there are fish in the canals, legal to catch but you need a rod (or net) license to fish at all, and the actual rights to fishing are usually owned by a local angling club, from whom you have to buy a day permit.


I know what I'd do ... I'd have a very unobtrusive couple of trot-lines over the side as I cruised along, and pull them in at night when it's dark, and have a bit of a fish-fry. Maybe not totally legal but I suppose we Virginians have a centuries old attitude toward game wardens ... it's like a little contest ... !

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