Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Between the storms.

0 Locks, 8.04 Miles. Now moored at Hopwas.Fradley Junction 001-1Huddlesford Junction where the Coventry meets the Wyrley & Essington Canal.

Yesterday was not a good day to be going anywhere with heavy rain and strong winds, so we sat the day out updating the computer. This morning was a total change with clear blue skies and sunshine. After saying farewell to Roger and Pip on Windsong we set off by about 10.30am.

Fradley Junction 002 Junction of the Coventry and Wyrley & Essington Canals. Once restored it will be a short cut to Birmingham.

With the leaf fall now well under way we suffered quite a lot of leaf foul on the propeller necessitating a lot of regular reverse blasts to clear the prop. Unfortunately we got held up behind 2 boats who were having the same problem but they didn’t know how to rectify it. One boat was a hire boat which pulled over to allow us to pass, as we did so we imparted the information about what to do in  these conditions which was gratefully received.

Fradley Junction 004 A vessel made for four.

By the time we had moored at Hopwas the weather was starting to change with the next cold front coming through with the threat of more strong winds and rain. With the weather girls on TV admitting that the incoming low was going to be a bit unpredictable we will just have to wait and see what tomorrow brings and make a decision about moving or staying put in the morning.

Fradley Junction 014 Hedge and towpath trimmers taking a break.Fradley Junction 019WWII bunker on the Coventry Canal near Hopwas.  You can find them in the most unusual places miles inland from the coast.

2023 locks, 3915.20 miles, 76 tunnels, 130 swing bridges and 54 lift bridges since Nov 2006

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