Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Sileby to Yardley Gobion

The wettest drought in history stopped us moving La Licorne for a few days since the River Soar was in full flood and the levels were so high that passage was impossible. But fortunately the heavy rain meant that the route through Leicester was now open and we could take the shorter route home. Alex at Sileby Mill Boatyard had fitted the inverter, repainted the engine bilge and lifted Tinking out of the water so that the new sign writing could be completed in the dry shed. We took the opportunity of a delay to have the sink renewed and to have a new thermostatic shower mixer fitted. But on Tuesday 15 May we got the train to Sileby, changing first at Nuneaton where we arrived after a 14 minute delay which meant we missed the connection. Anyway an hour later we got a train to Leicester, there a strike by East Midland Trains staff meant a replacement bus service was operating. Eventually we got to Sileby just in time for a heavy hail storm, still it was only a mile walk to the boatyard.

We stayed the night on La Licorne and were ready to leave bright and early on the Wednesday morning. The river was still high and flowing well so locks were difficult but the journey went reasonably well given it was our first day on a new boat. We moored at Castle Gardens in the centre of Leicester, a secure BW mooring free for 48 hours and an easy walk of local shops.

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