We departed our mooring after breakfast and turned right at Norton Junction onto the Grand Union. As we approached Braunston tunnel we were closing in on a boat ahead. It was a Wyvern Shipping hire boat from their base in Leighton Buzzard, and the hirers were on a two week cruise to Banbury and back. With our locking partners short work was made of the six double locks, and two hours after setting off, we were mooring by the 'Gongoozerlers Rest' to fill up with water. We made a decision to stop in Braunston for lunch, opting to use the facilities of the Boathouse P.H. as a reward for our hard work. After lunch we set off again, aiming for our intended mooring spot about half a mile outside Braunston. We passed the junction at Braunston Turn, this time bearing right onto the North Oxford Canal heading towards Rugby. We will stay here a day or two as it is nice rural spot, and subject to the weather we will get to work on polishing our brass.
Our seclusion at this spot did not last long as we were soon joined by not one, but four more boats over the course of the next few hours.