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... it was rather nice again.
The biggest problem with the rain was that it meant there was nowhere to sit, and standing at the back of the boat seems rather odd when you aren't in control of the tiller, plus Carrie moans that she can't see round me.
So we found my parents and grandparents walking down the canal towards us as we reached Hopwas, after a small debate we decided we would pull in and pick them up. It would be hard to outrun someone on ...
... so despite both me and Carrie being exhausted we limped our way into Armitage.
Once moored up it seemed like Carrie got a burst of energy so went blackberry picking, we then had a dinner of beans on toast with mushrooms followed by french toast with a kind of jam style coulis using the last of the fresh fruit.
... of a butterfly. We then decided the price was a little steep and we didn't have enough time to fully explore the place so headed back to the boat, on the way we found some fairy doors, numbered 2 and 3. With Carrie being a bit obsessed with trails, I'm surprised she didn't demand to stay to at least find door number 1.
But we had to make progress due to a plan to meet up with my parents and grandparents for lunch the next day.
The drive to a Amanda and Toms place was a bit easier but we used the actual address and not the post code system this time around. We parked up and dropped our bags up stairs. After a some hugs and chats we sat down with a beer. Then it was dinner time, we had stuffed up plans due to not looking on map earlier in the trip and therefore were on Amanda and toms doorstop earlier then expected, but ...
... Alright, I hadn't managed 6 laps like the 5 man crew, but I'd hit what I'd wanted to and was finished. Chris took over for what turned out to be our final lap, an we had an hour left, but by now we'd need 2 more laps to maybe, possibly, take third, more likely 4th or 5th, and we were out of runners (we ended 6th-lots of teams on 29 laps, but we of course finished way before them-the team name 'go hard or go home' looking a little sad, though perhaps we could claim we went hard then ...