Whilton -> Braunston Dodford -> Whilton List of dead bankers 2017 – conspiracy update Weedon -> Dodford Google index is now spam Non-slip adhesive matting and other jobs List of Demonetized YouTube stars Is this why my site has been censored? Nether Hayford -> Weedon Bec BMC 1,800 alternator First Patreon Pledger! Adding to narrowboat battery bank Phone broke [Nether Hayford] Funny video of the day Google, other tech companies warned over ‘dangerous’ banning of neo-Nazis, hate groups How a bitcoin is made Fastening fairleads to my boat pt1 Google Censorship clamps down on the ‘alt-media’ Middle of nowhere – Near Gayton Sense of future – Unilever Saga 20 years on Censored by Google- 64% Black-hat Google penalty for White-hat site Final day painting and Gayton Marina Bonnie Eye Boat update Blisworth Marina 3 Reasons you won’t ever tell me 9/11 was not an inside job Nene and onwards Tradline ropes and things, Braunston Junction Houses past and present Bourne End to Weedon Bourne End upwards Little ride home Ease my Brexit shroom – Daan sawwf On the Thames again Day 41 – Newquay to Lands End Day 40 – Tavistock to Newquay Day 39 – Exeter to Tavistock Bonnie Revival Hungerford -> Newbury -> Aldermaston BMC 1800 waterpump Downton Abbey (Highclere Castle) and Watership Down Hungerford Marsh -> Hungerford Froxfield -> Hungerford Marsh To Ham Bird action in Oak Hill World Press Freedom Index Oak Hill – Dun Aqueduct Oak Hill Little Bedwyn -> Oak Hill 5 popular destinations for travelling where disease is still rife Chased by sheep – Little Bedwyn Taking a long walk…. Great Bedwyn -> Little Bedwyn Sunday on the canal Crofton Meadows -> Great Bedwyn Wolf Hall -> Crofton Meadows Brimslade -> Wolf Hall My first Zander Wotton Rivers -> Brimslade Most visited sites on the internet ABS Review – Leisure batteries for a narrowboat Burbage wharf Mooring in Wootton Rivers, Wiltshire Sunday in Pewsey Measuring the draft Looking for moorings around Wootton River/Clench New button fitted! Milkhouse Water, Wiltshire Now in Pewsey, CRT mooring rules Get into Stonehenge free Flaperon from MH370; no story – 1 month on Skyrim V Connect/’sign in’ to ‘open network’ wifi on Windows 10 My personal Strava movie – 2016 The biggest hacks of 2016 – A year in hacking US vs Bullying China Russian Google and Reddit misdirects skewing Google Analytics First complaint Winter electricity usage Devizes The fight for freedom, Not In My Back Yard Donald Trump – Puppet masters, Parody to victory, and the march to nationalism US Presidential elections 2016 Taking a narrowboat on the Thames Giles Wood – Melksham Bonny Journey Day 38 – Taunton to Exeter Day 37 – Seend Park to Taunton Day 36 – Seend Park to Bradford on Avon Day 49 – Caen Hill Marina to Seend Park Bleeding a BMC 1800 marine engine Day 48 – Caen Hill Locks Day 47 – Devizes – Caen Hill Locks Day 47 – Honey Street to Devizes Day 46 – Great Bedwyn to Honey Street Day 45 – Newbury to Great Bedwyn Day 43 – Theale to Newbury Day 42 – Goring to Theale Day 41 – Oxford to Goring Day 40 – Aynho to Oxford

Day 29 – Dunham Massey to Marston

Michael Tyler

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I’ve just been assaulted by a guy driving a bright pink sports car.

He appeared feeding the ducks. As I passed, he shouted “hey dickhead”, I of course ignored him.

Then he started shouting it more, so I turned around, to see this guy in a woolly jumper and duck food in his hand making kind of squatting motion with his legs, like a football hooligan and shouting obscenities…

I flicked him the finger and drove on.

Next thing you know, he’s pulled up at the next bridge in this bright pink Ferrari or kit car it looked like.

He was walking down and it started again.

I thought he was going to drop something off the bridge on me…. some Unilever dust fell off his shoulder, or there was something on there making him a bit batty.

Anyway, he was saying “stop”, let’s sort this out jump off, “let’s go”.

I said “no”, and told him he was overweight and something else.

Anyways, as I disappeared down the canal, he jumped in his sports vehicle. Revved it up and left.

I expected him to turn up at Anderton services with his friends, where I was filling up with water.

He didn’t.

Strange assault

I can only assume he’s drunk the local water, which was infected many years ago by industry in the area, and it’s tipped his batty scale.

Scary stuff.

Good job i’m used to it, or I wouldn’t have known what to think.

Still..

On with the journey.

Weather

Today was awful.

Torrential rain.

All day.

Cold.

I had to light the fire at lunch time because it was simply so depressing.

Got off to a 9am start at Dunham Massey.

There were plenty of people on the Bridgewater, trying to get off like I was.

Bridgewater charges

Avoided paying the Bridgewater charges, which are now £40 apparently.

People have told me different things about these.

  1. They are rigorously enforced and unavoidable.
  2. They are not rigorously enforced and avoidable.

Standard canal “everyone’s an expert”.

My experience is number 2.

If you want to hang around on the Bridgewater in conspicuous places, expect to be paying the charges as detailed on their site.

Anyways, I nipped through, and it didn’t cause me any bother.

Finally got down to the Trent and Mersey.

Preston Brook

20160926_092238Past here the draft and width of the canal becomes a lot less.

In addition to this, the speed you can achieve without creating massive bow waves is also a lot less.

Those happy days of thrashing everywhere around on full throttle are gone. Even approaching 5mph creates a bow wave the size of Krakatoa.

I’ve had to adjust my speed accordingly.

Now at….

Got some water at Anderton services, just before afore mentioned incident happened.

Had tea and am listening to classic FM in the warmth of the fire.

Map – Day 29

I’m now using this Viewranger software, which is a lot more efficient at measuring the journey and placing the photographs.

Video – Day 29

Just a quick bit of timelapse from the Bridgewater canal.

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2 comments:

  1. Wuuuu…..not a nice experience but drunks seem fascinated by the canal…remember canal cruising and the White Shed Door!!!!! You’ve survived that ….well done. Glad you’re off the Bridgewater:-) good old T&M…. will you come through the Harecastle this time? The Cheshire locks will be a challenge…enjoy that…..hope some locks are in your favour….and then there’s Stoke 🙁 one very deep lock in the centre + 4 more I think….but once you’re through Stoke it’s rather nice…..pretty countryside, mostly, through to Stone 🙂 ooooooooohhhhhhh enjoy all that:-) xxxx

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