Setting off from Frolesworth with a packed car, we were dubious about getting to Linslade let alone getting our stuff on a Narrowboat. Nevertheless, Wyvern staff didn’t bat an eyelid as we carried aboard the double bass, suitcases, recording studio, crates of booze and all. Though a few eyebrows were raised by other boat going folk.
Due to arrive at The Red Lion pub for 9pm yesterday evening, we had little time for leisure so Mule, designated captain for Day One, gave it full throttle shaking house boat ornaments and making waves for surfing ducks. We met some colourful characters on the first leg including Alan who lives on his boat and has a corner bath jaccuzzi and bullet proof windows apparently. All mod cons!
We arrived at our destination, a quiet 17th century pub and were greeting with a warm welcome. It wasn’t quiet for very long as locals started ringing up friends and getting them down to diddle with the band. Merriment ensued and we were treated to a random shanty from another boater out for a drink or two. With the party in full swing, the local brew of Pirate Cidar flowed giving Dan a devilish glint in his eye and sent Max into a bewildered confusion continually losing his drink whenever he put it down.
Observing our drunken states, our new friend Alan informed us we’d have to start at 6am if we wanted to get to Day Two’s final destination, we looked at each other a little frightened but due to our incredible luck, he offered to come with us and help sort out all the locks to speed our progress… We hope he shows up…