With the promise of foul weather in the offing we decided to move back to Hillmorton a day earlier than planned. We had to head north for about ½ mile to the winding hole before heading south again. Just after we had passed over the 2 Aqueducts in Rugby we came across Nb Epiphany with John and Fiona. We breasted up alongside as there were no moorings available but it still left plenty of room for any boat to pass. We then spent a very pleasant hour or so chatting over coffee As they plan to spend some time around Coventry and the Ashby Canal we hope to catch up with them again soon.
Next port of call was Clifton Cruisers for mail and a pump out. We had a good chat to Paul and his wife who have been a great help to us in our waterways exploration. As we arrived at Hillmorton we spotted Nb Uccello with Derek (yes another Derek) and Carrie. Before we could moor up we had to talk to a gentleman aboard a hire boat and request that he move back or forward slightly so that we could get in. This he did quite happily with some assistance from me. Once moored up and partaken of a late lunch we wandered down to Uccello to congratulate Derek and Carrie on securing jobs in this current recession. We were cordially invited aboard for some light refreshments and another good old chinwag. Eventually we had to tear ourselves away and return to Gypsy Rover for an evening meal.
1587 locks, 3336 miles, 55 Tunnels, 43 swing bridges and 39 lift bridges since Nov 2006