Yesterday we left the Slough Arm and travelled south as far as the junction with the Paddington Arm at Bull's Bridge. After taking advantage of the moorings beside Tesco so we could pick up some heavier bits of shopping we turned around and headed back northwards. It's only just over a couple of weeks until the locks are scheduled to reopen and we can be on our travels again.
The weather has turned very cold again but thankfully we haven't encountered any more ice. We met Phil, on Hyperion (our coal boat) just below Cowley Lock. He was heading south to stock up so he's going to stop and fuel us up on his way back. We moored last night below Cowley Lock then headed northwards up through Cowley and Uxbridge Locks and moored for the night between there and Denham Deep Lock. We had hoped to go a bit further but the wind was so cold that sitting by the fire seemed a much better option.
While we have been cruising I have seen all sorts of wild life but here is something I didn't expect to see on the Grand Union.
Two day's journey 10.1 miles and 2 locks
This year we have travelled 57.6 miles, 65 locks and 2 swing bridges
In 2012 we travelled 876.9 miles, 675 locks, 55 swing bridges, 23 lift bridges and 31 tunnels
In 2011 we travelled 461.4 miles, 444 locks, 3 swing bridges, 34 lift bridges and 15 tunnels
During 2010 we travelled 740.3 miles, 642 locks, 53 swing bridges, 4 lift bridges and 25 tunnels
Since Ray retired we have travelled 2136.1 miles, 1825 locks, 111 swing bridges, 61 lift bridges and 71 tunnels