Thursday 23rd May, 2013 at Crick.
We made an early start, taking advantage of a window of sunshine and hoping to get ahead of the forecast rain. It was very cold and windy, but we loved the journey up to Braunston Junction where the Oxford Canal meets the Grand Union. M remarked that canal junctions are always fascinating as the turning one doesn't take always looks so inviting! However, this is a good thing as it means that there is always something to look forward to another time!
The staircase of locks looked very attractive with troughs of summer flowers. It also looked quite intimidating although dealing with the weather did take our minds off our apprehension. Once the lock keepers explained the process, it became quite straight forward and we reached to top about two hours after we first joined the queue.
After that, it was plain sailing into Crick through Crick tunnel, just 1,528 yards long. Almost immediately beyond the tunnel we arrived at Crick Marina. We had made such good time that we were a day ahead of ourselves as we had not planned to arrive before Friday. Many boats had already arrived and were moored up two abreast along the towpath. Boat names for each mooring point were written on notices hung in the hedge running along the towpath, but the writing was so small that we couldn't read it from the boat. We pulled in to an empty space so that M could jump ashore to find our allocated place, only to find that the space we were in had our name on it! Serendipity!
We were also interested to see nb "Cumbria", which featured as the Canal Boat Magazine "Boat of the Month" recently, the first boat built by a new company in the Lake District.
After dinner we walked in to Crick village to take a look around. Surprisingly, the little Co-op store was still open and we were able to pick up a "few bits" to see us through the next few days.
Today: 11 miles, 13 locks and 7.0 hours.
Trip: 51 miles, 45 locks and 28.1 hours.