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Mount, demount, adjust and remount fuel lines. Retie batten knots, move boomkin, shape oars, apply temporary licence numbers, rebuild the Yuloh, replace halyard. Sweat, sweat, sweat. It feels like summer and it is only May. Time for the last journey, off to Belgium. Practice lowering the mast for low bridges.

With any luck we will leave from just inside the French border, to get the full experience of a border crossing. Then up and down rivers and canals to Brussels. 10 more days of travelling and interviewing. Last day of packing and preparing tomorrow, then life on the side of a canal starts.