This morning we crept quietly off the mooring in Brownsover to avoid waking the other sleeping boaters as it was only 6.00 am and we wanted to get back to the marina before the forecasted rain later in the day.
The Brownsover mooring was full on both sides of the bridge as were the moorings at Newbold. The poor weather yesterday afternoon had obviously decided both privateers and hirers to put down their pins for the day. It was reported on the TV news that Rugby had had floods and a funnel cloud but we had not seen anything like that sort of rain, a couple of heavy showers but that was all. My sister who lives near Warwick reported that they had had 2 inches of rain yesterday so we were very lucky.
It was only an hours trip back to the marina and we did not meet any other boats on the move and all was quiet as we reversed onto our pontoon. We quickly packed up the car and did the necessary maintenance jobs on the boat before Autumn Years arrived for a pump out and to say our last farewells. It has been a great 8 weeks and we will miss Graham and Carolann dearly.
We waved off Autumn Years as they exited the marina and after an early lunch and chat to nearby boaters closed down the boat and wended our way home.
No sooner had we left the marina than the heavens opened and we had heavy rain all the way home where it stopped as we turned into our drive. Carolann told us later that they had stopped travelling because of the rain and it had not stopped all afternoon, so a wise choice on our part.
In the 8 weeks we have been away we have hardly encountered any rain and it has certainly not stopped us doing anything. We seemed to have just been in the right place at the right time.
Total Distance 455 miles, 7½ furlongs
Total Locks 255 locks
Total Moveable Bridges 62 of which 6 are usually left open;
Total Small Aqueducts 117
Total Major Aqueducts 4
Total Tunnels 11 which meant travelling 13219 yds underground
144 miles, 7½ furlongs of narrow canals
172 miles, 3¼ furlongs of broad canals
32 miles, 2½ furlongs of commercial waterways
32 miles, 5 furlongs of small rivers
28 miles, 7½ furlongs of large rivers
44 miles, 5¾ furlongs of tidal rivers
93 narrow locks
143 broad locks
19 large locks