I have a mooring, hurrah! A nice chap called Martin is letting me moor against his land in Waterbeach, which is a village about five miles from Cambridge. So I’ll get lots of exercise cycling back and forth to town for the next six months at least. Although there is actually pretty good public transport for a rural area – trains and buses to Cambridge (ten minutes by train, 40 minutes by bus) which run all through the day and into the small hours of the night. The bank is rather soft and the river rather shallow, so this morning I went to B&Q in Cambridge with my bike and shiny new trailer (which I’m very chuffed with, and came from Camcarts) and bought a big plank – 2.3m – to help me get on and off the boat safely. Bringing it back bungeed to the trailer was quite an experience!
In other news, I had a coolant leak in the engine last week – lots of steam from beneath the deckboards – which turned out to be a split rubber joint on the heat exchanger. Hopefully there’ll be no further mechanical mishaps.
Next week (1st October onwards) I’m going to be in Leicester being inducted as a graduate student, and claiming my NUS, ISIC and (most importantly) Young Person’s Railcards with much glee!