Tuesday, 26 June 2012

The Big One (13-3)

Tuesday 26th June 2012

Warwick Ring Road Bridge No 43 to Turners Green

A warm night, but all the windows closed as the mosquito squadrons were in full flight. Once or twice I had to do the trick of gathering up the mozzies that managed to get in with the handheld vacuum cleaner.

We were eventually underway by 10:30 and called in to Tesco for a quick top-up shopping trip. Later we passed Nb Wey, but the crew were not around. So we set off to passing The Cape pub and up through the two Cape Locks. Soon we had passed the Saltisford Arm and we were about to tackle the twenty one locks in the Hatton Flight. 

The Hatton Flight

Half way up we stopped for lunch and the heavens opened up. This downpour was to keep up until we had completed the rest of the flight. 

Above the Hatton Flight you enter a green canyon lined with mature trees. Some of the trees are past their sell by date and one or two look a bit risky. Sure enough we came across one that had tumbled into the canal.  Next was the Shrewley Tunnel which we could see was clear as we entered. The cool interior helped to give a bit of respite from the high humidity outside.

Now we were on the lookout for a pub and "Tom O' The Wood" at Turners Green was the nearest one. We moored up above the water point. A few moments later another boat arrived and moored for the night on the water point!

Daily Total
Miles: 9.3
Locks: 23
Swing / Lift Bridges: 0
Tunnels: 1
Pump Outs: 0
Engine Hours: 14.0

Accumulated Totals
Miles: 956.5
Locks: 721
Swing / Lift Bridges: 117
Tunnels: 7
Pump Outs: 10
Engine Hours: 2237.4


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