Wednesday, 23 February 2011

22 Locks & 3 different canals in one day.

Captains Log

Canal Date 23rd February 2011
Travels 10 miles
22 Locks

Current Location Billbrook (North of Wolverhampton)
 We left BCLM later than planned, 11.00 - I could not make my mind up, was the weather going to get better or was it going to rain. We went for it, it is not going to rain on us is it?

I hoped we would get as far a Brewood tonight. We set off in cold but dry grey morning, Just as I said the weather was improving, it soon started to rain, slowly at first but soon it was raining proper rain. On route we asked a dog walker where the nearest shop was that may sell bread. She gave us specific directions. When Pam got there it was not a shop but a large factory bakery. Pam walked in and knocked on office door, they took her into the factory to pick her own loaf. You can’t get fresher than that!

We made the top of the Wolverhampton 21 flight by the rain had stopped, we were a bit damp! We stopped to eat some baked spuds - very tasty and warming. Many of the locks were set in our favour, but some were against us with the bottom gates wide open. We only saw one boat on the move today, it was "Roach" the coal boat fully laden an low in the water. It took us 3 1/2 hours to complete the flight, by the time we completed the flight is was dusk. We carried on looking for a suitable mooring site, why is it that when you are running out of daylight and looking for moorings all you can see are council estates with graffiti everywhere, we continued on and ran out of daylight before eventually finding somewhere in total darkness. We have travelled on 3 canals today The BCN, the Staffs & Worcester and The Shropshire Union.
Not bad for 1 day.

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