It was just as dull on the way back from Boston as on the way down. Pleased to be done with the whole Witham/Fossdyke/River Trent thing. The moorings were great when you got there, you just had to get there.
Coningsby moorings, however,were excellent. The EuroFighters train there, and the mooring is right next to the runway. We were able to walk to the Base and do the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight museum. They were getting ready for the Canadian Lancaster to fly in. Excellent timing as we got to see all the planes in the museum running at some point during the day.
We were let back onto the River Trent on the second highest tide of the year, with flood waters from the rain we’d had the previous day. This was almost a week ago, and I’m still stunned that they let us onto the river. It was only a two hour trip from Torksey Lock to West Stockwith lock, and the trip itself was fine. But to get into the West Stockwith lock you had to turn the boat so that we were travelling against the tide instead of with it. Poop in your pants scary. We went sideways down the river – way past the lock entrance – and finally got the boat facing in the correct direction. However the tide was so strong we just sat there fighting it for a couple of minutes. The poor engine was working for its/life. We finally crashed into the lock only to find the boat that went in before us diagonally across the lock. At least we were off the River and protected from the tide and the lock was huge so things were under control reasonably quickly.
We were going to do the Chesterfield Canal but the bottom was very close to the top (it was shallow) and was just taking soooo long to get anywhere we gave it up at Retford. UK Sista came and joined us for lunch on Saturday. We headed back to West Stockwith lock in preparation to leave with the tide on Tuesday. The stars must have been aligned as it took a while to get into a mooring and we no sooner moored up and there was a big puff of white smoke and the engine cut out. Water in the fuel again. I’m so happy it happened there – we would have been on the tidal river if it had happened the next day. As its not the first time its happened, we knew what it was. We syphoned 5 litres of water out of the tank, and as we check the tank for water pretty regularly it can only be that we got a load of dirty fuel. As we weren’t scheduled to leave till 4:30 pm, we had time to get the River Canal Rescue out to change all the filters and get the boat running again, and also time to pick another 3kgs of blackberrys. Its been a very good year for blackberrys.