Wow! 33,000km of travel in 9 weeks, and I am just about done with long excursions for a while. Time to get back on the canals and move slowly.
I am back in Britain, moored in Braunston Marina, in Britain, for the remainder of the stoppage season (until the end of March, approximately). The boat is fine and I’ve warmed up and dried out somewhat.
I had a wonderful time with friends and family in Canada (Vancouver and area, and Alberta). I also had the opportunity to spend 3 weeks with my daughter, exploring the west coast of Mexico- first by ship to Baja California, and to Puerto Vallarta. Then back by air to Puerto Vallarta where we were to spend 5 days, then meet friends near Mexico City. That fell through, so 10 days in PV with lots to do and see. We did an adventure tour in the mountains (zip-lines, rappelling (abseilling for Brits), and large water slides. Lots of fun, though the mule ride to the top I could pass on, preferring to hike myself. We also saw an Aztec ceremony, and went snokelling in a National Marine Park. A wonderful time with a great travel partner.
Now back in Braunston, I am trying to help with a couple of bell restoration projects (I am the unskilled apprentice), and getting lots of ringing in. I have been challenged to lean my first change method, and to ring a quarter peal before I set off in the boat, so I will need lots of practice. It has been good, though, to meet up again with a great group of friends here.
If anyone is planning to visit me on the boat this season, please get in touch sooner rather than later, as I do want to plan the travel routes somewhat.
Thanks to all for following along, even through the posting droughts. Take care.