Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Day 16: Stopping for Lunch

16 miles, 16 locks Marsworth - Fenny Stratford

I can hardly believe we did 32 lock miles today, because we spent 3 hours over lunch at the big canalside Tesco in Leighton Linslade. We shared most of the morning's locks with NB Morpheus, who had a lot of crew and were very friendly. Turns out that one of them has a brother who lives in Cambridge, in the new house on the river at the bottom of Pretoria Road Cambridge readers will know exactly which one I mean - it certainly divides opinion, although I have come to like it.

We stocked up at the big Tesco and carried on through the Soulbury three and beyond, to Fenny Stratford which is a village now engulfed by the outskirts of Milton Keynes. Tomorrow morning we are going to go to the IKEA to buy some new bedlinen and to eat their meatballs if it has a cafe!

I was doing a lot of the steering today so forgot to take any pictures. So here's one of the chicken curry I made for dinner, partly to use up the tasty sauces (mango and onion chutney and yoghurt raita) which came with our takeaway curry in Uxbridge.

While underway we learned from Twitter that the Paddington Arm is closed due to a fire on a bridge which has made it unsafe to navigate under. We are so glad to have got out in time! Be aware if you are heading that way. BW will update their waterscape website and Canal World when it's open again. We have heard that there was minor 'unrest' in MK but hopefully we are far enough out to be safe here.

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