Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Spring Summer Cruse 2015 ❼❷

Curdworth top lock to Birmingham

Date 8 Sep 2015

Overnight the weather was overcast and with a heavy mist.

Morning: Early start soon had us at the Minsworth Locks.  Where a boat set off just in front of us. But they had to turn the locks.  Little else in the way of movement of boats. Then at Factory Tunnel - a hire boat was having difficulty finding his light. Though there is plenty of light inside. He was however not concentrating on the steering and we had to take avoiding action.

Afternoon: Saw us arrive at the Aston lock flight. Again we had a boat in front of us however a few boats were coming down the flight which helped. The second lock had something stuck behind the gate which made it difficult to enter the lock. (Must get a keb) Another round of washing - meant that we had to take on water at Cambrian Wharf - the slowest water point on the system.

Evening:  Found a 14 day mooring in Birmingham so we will be here for a few days.


Birds: House Sparrow, Wren, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Rook, Starling, Mallard, Mute Swan, Chaffinch, Robin, Coot, Moorhen, Canadian Goose, Grey Heron, Wood Pigeon, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Black Headed Gull, Swallow and House Martin.

Butterflies: Meadow Brown.
Damselfly: Common Blue Damselfly, 
Dragonflies: Four Spot Chaser.
Today's Total.
Miles: 9.7
Locks: 27
Swing / Lift Bridges: 0
Tunnels: 2
Pump Outs: 0
Engine Hours: 7.8
Solar Panels: 6 Ah

Accumulated Total.
Miles: 2630.5
Locks: 1681
Swing / Lift Bridges: 362
Tunnels: 54
Pump Outs: 24
Engine Hours: 3494.9

Solar Panels: 23846 Ah

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