We are now trapped west of the Crofton Locks as the closure has started. We still don’t know if we have chosen the right side to be on. We were moored at Milkhouse Water, near Pewsey, a very attractive place to be, but diabolical for internet coverage. So poor in fact that we gave up making any effort to log on. That couldn’t continue so we have moved on today.
Our plan was to take on water at Pewsey Wharf but another boat beat us to it. Alan dropped me off at the bridge and steamed on towards Wilcot. I walked back to Milkhouse Water to collect the car. We thought that we might be able to stop at Wilcot but Alan called as I pulled into the Co-op car park at Pewsey to say that he couldn’t get the boat near the bank and there was absolutely no coverage for phone, internet or TV. Apparently it took him ages to get the boat off the side as it was well aground and the water was thick with leaves. He was very irritated by a boater, moored nearby, who told him at great length how to deal with the situation, even how to point the rudder. Alan didn’t say that as he had travelled over 3000 miles in the past three years he had picked up a few techniques, but he did wonder if that particular boater ever travelled very far!
After doing the shopping I had a wonderful drive through the Vale of Pewsey to Honey Street where I parked and walked along the canal to meet Alan. The moorings are really full here, hence our regret at staying this side of Crofton. It looks as if the Kennet and Avoners have settled into their regular winter places. There are even two boats on the water point. One had passed me as I went to meet Alan and the other was already there with a hose sitting next to the boat but not connected to the tap. That was at 12.30. They are still there now (at 8.30) with no change despite the fact that there was a mooring empty next to them, which we took, and room for another boat in front of us. We will have to fill up before we move on so will have to ask them to move or moor up to them and cross their boats. It’s a degree of inconsiderateness re water points that we have never seen before. Maybe they think it’s OK because there isn’t actually a BW notice saying not to moor on the water point?
Today we did 5.57 Miles
Statistics so far:-
3042.84 Miles, 2016 Locks, 190 Swing Bridges, 118 Lift Bridges, 58 Tunnels