Last weekend Boyfriend and I got a text from Flora asking us if we wanted to go on a boat ride down Regent’s Canal to celebrate Jam’s 30th birthday. The weather had been amazing all week and I had been dying to do something like this. Unfortunately the weather nose dived just in time for our Saturday outing. It was cloudy with sparse sun, but at least it didn’t rain.
We rode the Boris bikes up to King’s Cross area, which ended up being a bit of a nightmare. The first docking station we tried didn’t work at all, we got lost along the way, and we ran into trouble when we tried to hot dock the bikes at 30 minutes. Apparently you have to wait five minutes before taking out a new bike. I was beginning to regret waxing lyrical about the scheme on a previous post.
We finally made it to the canal with groceries and cider on hand. After a bit of putting around, we had a boat full of people and were ready to take off.
The journey begins.
Our location required us to go through a lengthy tunnel. This was at first very exciting, but after a while turned very cold.
A chilly tunnel
What a relief to literally see the light at the end of the tunnel.
A canal trip provides views and perspectives otherwise not seen. Check out the reflection of the industrial buildings on the water and the contrast of the greenery draping off the tree.
Along Regent's Canal
But it wasn’t all about the views. There was much conversation and baby passing too.
Tania and Rowan (Flora and Jam's adorable son)
As our journey continued, we all got a crash course in canal lock operation. I imagine this is a really tough journey to make with one or two people. The locks aren’t hard to operate, but they are heavy. Transportation via canal isn’t the quickest way of getting around. It’s pace, however, is part of the charm.
Baby in one hand, lock operation instruction with the other.
Onward through the lock
With lock operation skills under our belt, we continued along the canal. We saw lots of people out fishing. I’m not sure I’d want to eat anything I caught along this canal. Any thoughts out there on that?
Think he catches any fish?
My love and fascination for gas holders as dramatic backdrop continues.
Other random things you see along the canal? How about a pimp and his banana. No I’m not joking.
Oh you want to get to Victoria Park? Just pass the gasholder and around the corner from the guy pimping the banana.
There was some slight drama as we approached the last lock. We didn’t have the right key to get through. The crowds had thinned so we couldn’t ask for help from fellow boaters and phone calls to friends who might have a spare were futile. I think someone ended up purchasing a key from the lock keeper. Don’t ask me how he was tracked down. In the meantime, we moored up and passed the time easily.
An afternoon’s trip down the canal left us on the east end where Boyfriend and I had the boat pull over so that we could jump out, wave goodbye and catch public transportation home. It was all in good timing, as Rowan and I were at the same energy level.
Rowan's Boat Life
Thanks Jam and Flora for a fun trip and Happy 30th Jam!
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