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Monday 5th November 2007

Location: Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, Grand Union

Today: 2 miles, 4 locks. Total distance: 852 miles.  Total locks: 547

Cool day. Good t-mobile 3g reception here.

Walked with the dogs back to Kings Langley this morning to buy a chainsaw sharpener from Taylor’s tool shop.

On the way back to the boat, we met two BW guys that work the local area. They told us that the lock gate had been repaired and was on it’s way back by road today and would be fitted tomorrow morning.

We decided that we would move the two miles up towards lock 60 so that we would catch Pete the coal boat before he moves off. Reversed back to the water point to top up with water before moving on northward.

We met Pete and bought 10 bags of coal and 64 litres of diesel. The Taybrite was £7 per 25kg bag and the Homefire was £8 per 25kg bag. Diesel was £0.56 per litre. We went for 9 Taybrite and 1 Homefire just to try it. Pete is a nice guy and a pleasure to do business with.

After picking up the coal and diesel we reversed back a few hundred yards and moored up for the night. We are moored very close to a very busy railway line and it is quite noisy here but we don’t intend to be here for more than the one night.

UPDATE Tuesday morning: Well, we burnt the Homefire yesterday evening and over night and apart from the fact that the ovals are larger and burn slightly longer, we couldn’t see much improvement from the Taybrite. At £1 a bag more expensive, we will be sticking with Taybrite.

UPDATE Wednesday morning: We walked up to lock 60 around 15:30 to see how they were getting on with fitting the repaired gate. The gate was in place but there was no sign of any BW workmen. The top gates of the lock were still padlocked closed so there must be some additional work required. Another night sleeping under the railway line!!!

Rather than sit on the boat listening to the trains thundering past all evening, we went out for a meal at The Three Horseshoes pub which is just along the tow path from us. We had a lovely meal and the pub and staff were nice – would eat there again.

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