Sunday, 2 August 2020

Earith

Here I am Rune

Distance 11.7 miles

Total 4089 Locks  264 Tunnels

Running total mileage 6,114.1 miles

It was a longer, and slower day than expected. Coming out of Ely along the Ouse River yesterday we were travelling at about 3.5mph to last night’s mooring. That all ends when you pass where the River Cam comes in and then the width and depth reduce quite a bit. Meaning that it took us about 4.5 hours to get here at Earith Marina.

The mooring is a bit of a first for us since I cannot remember mooring overnight on a tidal bit of river before, but then the tidal movement here, 35 miles from the coast, isn’t that great. I was concerned that this mooring would be full since, had that been the case, we would have had to carry on to St Ives, another 8 miles up the river, but it all worked out OK and we’ll arrive in St Ives tomorrow.

Saturday, 1 August 2020

Stretham

Here I am Rune

Distance 3.9 miles

Total 4088 Locks  264 Tunnels

Running total mileage 6,102.4 miles

We seem to vary between short running days and long running days, today was a short day. The problem is the shortage of moorings in the area, we have stopped at Goldsmere Environment Agancy Moorings which is only 4 miles out of Ely, but the next non GOBA moorings are at Hermitage Lock and that is only when locking for the day has finished, after that it is 2 moorings at Westview Marina at Earith and after that it will be St Ives, so we called an early stop today and will see where we can get to tomorrow.

Thursday, 30 July 2020

Ely

Here I am Rune
Distance 3.1 miles
Total 4088 Locks  264 Tunnels
Running total mileage 6,098.5 miles

Well we succeed in finding a mooring back here in Ely so we are now suitably set up to get the weekend shop tomorrow and then head on further up the Great Ouse on Saturday. Once again, not sure just how far we will be going, I want to stop off at Westview Marina at Earith since I understand they have a bit of a chandlery there and we need a couple of bits.

The weather today was glorious and it was a bit of a shame that were only travelling a few miles in it, although it could be said that it was a bit too hat for travelling any great distance. Forecast remains the same for the next few days.

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Chettisham (2)

Here I am Rune
Distance 21.1 miles
Total 4088 Locks  264 Tunnels
Running total mileage 6,095.4 miles

It was indeed quite a long day (for us) but we managed to get to the head of navigation on the River Lark and back to the same mooring as last night, but a couple of moorings further up. The day was excellent for cruising but the main trouble with the River Lark is the absence of any moorings,we had to stop for lunch on Isleham Lock moorings because there didn’t seem to be anywhere else. The pub moorings at the and at Jude’s Ferry didn’t look very solid and I was concerned that if I bumped them, the whole lot might fall into the river, so we gave the pub a miss.

There have been a lot of aircraft coming over whilst we were en route, presumably from the US bases at Mildenhall and Lakenheath. I don’t know if there is anything on, or whether this is just a normal day but about 7 AWACS planes passed over after taking off (or it could have been the same one 7 times). 

Tomorrow it’ll be back into Ely to see if we can get a mooring to do the weekend shop.