A year ago today we handed over the last payment for NB Oleanna and in return we were handed her keys.
Originally our plan was to cruise for a full year once we had our new boat, built to our spec. This took us almost five years for our dream to come true, three of those living on NB Lillyanne (Lillian) our lovely yellow boat.
In the last year Oleanna and her crew have:
Back up to Crick to hand over the keys of Lillian to her new owners in July;
Then up onto the Oxford Canal, through Rugby and onto the Coventry Canal to Fradley where we joined the Trent and Mersey heading northwards;
At Great Haywood we turned left onto the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal turning right onto the Shropshire Union at Autherely Junction;
Oleanna spent a full week in Salthouse Dock in Liverpool before we headed for the Rufford Branch meeting up with Bridget and Storm on NB Blackbird;
Back down the Bridgewater and Trent and Mersey until our plans changed, so we turned round and headed back northwards turning onto the Caldon Canal going to both Leek and as near to Froghall as we could;
Then back onto the Shropshire Union and to Chester and Ellesmere Port before turning round and working our way back to Autherely Junction where we turned onto the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal;
We’ve welcomed family, friends, old and new on board. Seen sunsets, sunrises and numerous Kingfishers. Been up early to avoid the heat, been snowed on and iced in.
It has been a great year.
Well …. now you see, Oleanna still isn’t quite finished. She may have travelled a lot lot further than most boats in her first year, but she is still waiting to have her proper batteries installed. So have we had that year of cruising yet or not? We don’t think so. In fact the clock counting down that year hasn’t even started to tick yet!
Since 7th April 2017
Total distance is 1313 miles, 3 3/4 furlongs and 795 locks. There are at least 115 moveable bridges of which 12 are usually left open; 327 small aqueducts or underbridges; 41 tunnels and 3 major aqueducts.
This is made up of 524 miles, ¾ furlong of narrow canals; 645 miles, 6¼ furlongs of broad canals; 22 miles, 4 ¾ furlongs of commercial waterways; 32 miles, 4¾ furlongs of small rivers; 28 miles, 7½ furlongs of large rivers; 59 miles, 4 furlongs of tidal rivers; 375 narrow locks; 403 broad locks; 16 large locks.
Engine hours 1294.3
Although it is raining this morning!