Thursday, 12 June 2008
What a feeling of power today!!! One of our 'clicks' was a swing bridge. This usually means pushing a small bridge to the side of the towpath to give Bella room to move ahead. Today, it meant using our British Waterways key to operate an electronic road bridge. Just like a railroad level crossing, when Elizabeth turned the key, warning sounds were raised, gates were lowered over the road, the road bridge itself turned sideways and all traffic stopped - for BELLA. How cool is that??? By the time we moved the bridge back, there was a queue (!) so Elizabeth and Blossom had to wait to cross the road.
We moored up just by the bridge to Hemel Hempsted station, so that Elizabeth can make her way to Edinburgh over the weekend (work, not hols!). And joy of joys, we are in FAT BAND!!
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday….
We stayed! We counted the ‘clicks’ – a combination of the number of miles, locks, obstacles of the journey – and realised we had time to stay put for a little while. With such wonderful weather and wonderful surroundings, we just had to stay. We fired up Levi again and E Babyed (OK - the small Dyson is a Baby Dyson, therefore has the name Baby - if you have seen Dirty Dancing, you'll know her real name is Frances - Babying is vacuuming in our very odd world. Sadly what is the baby Dyson from our land world is now the large Dyson. So the even smaller one is Babette....). Then we did some washing. Then we went to Waitrose and E found some fantastic storage drawers for the utility cupboard. Ah, sorting.... It makes Elizabeth very pleased.
Well, how Beautiful is Berkhamsted? Very beautiful. The canal runs right through the parks and we moored up by Bridge 140A, a short hop to Waitrose and to the train station. Heavenly weather, parasol up. Gorgeous.
Off again on Wednesday morning, making our way to the Tring Summit.
We moved out relatively early and started on locks, now frequent. Elizabeth took Blossom (the bike) between locks and did all the lock winding, while Pete drove into the locks. We know. Elizabeth loves navigating into the locks and Pete loves winding them. But E is not very happy going uphill in double width locks, as Bella moves about quite a bit, with the rush of water from the lock gates. So, wuss that she is, she decided lock winding was less scary. AND she discovered it is fun and doesn’t really want to give it up! It is especially fun riding Blossom along the tow path – no hills! And the exercise :-) cycling three miles without even being aware of it.
We ended up just north of Slapton Lock. Not a lovely name, but a lovely place!