Saturday, 18 February 2017

Braunston



Here I am Rune
Distance 7.7 miles
Total 2290 Locks  102 Tunnels
Running total mileage 3333.9 miles 

We have done better than ‘the outskirts of Braunston’ today we’ve moored in the middle of Braunston just outside of the marina. Quite a lot of boats on the move today, probably because of the school half term, and since the weather was quite pleasant it was a good day’s cruise. On arrival at Braunston we had the annual decision to make at this time of year, how much coal should we get? You can guarantee that whatever decision you make, it will be the wrong one. If you only get a few bags of coal the cold weather persists until May but if you get stocked up with coal, a warm spring starts at the beginning of March. We have gone for the latter option and stocked up with 150kg of coal so it will probably warm up starting on Monday!

The next provisions stop we will need to make is at Calcutt marina to refuel before we head north to Birmingham, I need to check whether they are open on Sunday otherwise we will just be making a 3 mile trip tomorrow only as far as Flecknoe.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Hilmorton



Here I am Rune
Distance 2.2 miles
Total 2287 Locks  102 Tunnels
Running total mileage 3326.2 miles 

Once again only a fairly short hop today, although unlike yesterday it was at least all travelling in the same direction. Since it was after lunch before we had done all of the domestic stuff and weekend shopping I suppose that we can’t complain too much about only doing a couple of miles. Will certainly try to do a bit more tomorrow with the hope of being on the outskirts of Braunston at least by the end of tomorrow’s cruise.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Rugby



Here I am Rune
Distance 2.5 miles
Total 2287 Locks  102 Tunnels
Running total mileage 3324 miles 

After a very pleasant break in La Palma on the Canaries, we are back to the English winter and on the move again, albeit once again not very far. Since our next commitment isn’t until April/May when we get the boat blacked, we have some spare time to use so I think we’ll be heading off up towards Birmingham to cover the bits of canal there that we missed on our last visit (2 years ago).

Today’s trip just involved going through the Newbold tunnel to turn around and then back here to Brownsover Park where we could visit Tesco’s and restock our fridge and larder after our period away from the boat. A bit of domestic stuff tomorrow, refilling the water tank and emptying the elsan before we start making progress towards Birmingham.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Newbold on Avon



Here I am Rune
Distance 1.2 miles
Total 2287 Locks  100 Tunnels
Running total mileage 3321.5 miles 

Once again this was just a short hop taking us from Brownsover park out to Newbold where, once again, we will be moored for a period (probably until about 15th)

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Rugby



Here I am Rune
Distance 3.0 miles
Total 2287 Locks  100 Tunnels
Running total mileage 3320.3 miles 

This was just a short hop into Rugby so that I am now even closer to the railway station for my trip home on Wednesday. Weather has now warmed up a bit but that means we now have rain coming down and the towpath turning to a quagmire.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Hilmorton



Here I am Rune
Distance 5.4 miles
Total 2284 Locks  100 Tunnels
Running total mileage 3317.3 miles 

A very cold trip today, it felt below freezing, and yet the canal remained unfrozen. We had a few patches of water on top of the top boxes and that was frozen and when I picked up the rope to step ashore to moor up that was also frozen (it was like trying to moor using a pole!) and yet the canal had no sign of freezing, most strange.

We’re now on the outskirts of Rugby and this is the area we will be remaining in for a little while since I need to catch the train back to Torquay next week for a hospital appointment.