Thursday, 15 November 2018

Stourbridge


Here I am Rune
Distance  4.9 miles
Total 3475 Locks  198 Tunnels
Running total mileage 5036.5 miles

So we’ve spent 4 days at Merry Hill completing a variety of shopping (including some Christmas Shopping) and today, with good weather forecast it seemed a good day to be moving on towards Stourbridge, our intended mooring for the week-end. Being Autumn however and now the clocks have gone back, it was a bit of a race against time to get here in daylight, a mission we rather failed on. I suspected that we might since there are 24 locks to get through and with an 11am start and a break at 1pm for lunch, we managed to clear the locks in reasonable light but had to come up the Stourbridge arm in darkness. It isn’t that onerous since we travel through tunnels and it doesn’t get much darker than that, it just makes finding the mooring a bit more interesting and also trying to avoid where anyone has let their dog foul.

The intention is to remain here until probably at least Monday unless there is any reason why we need to move on.

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Merry Hill


Here I am Rune
Distance  7 miles
Total 3451 Locks  198 Tunnels
Running total mileage 5031.6 miles

So, after just over three weeks in Hawne Basin, we are now back on the move again probably for about a month until just before Christmas. It was a good day to be moving, slightly chilly but sunny and all in all it was good to get back out onto the canals again.

The mooring for tonight is at Merry Hill, principally so that we can get a bit of shopping tomorrow, not sure how long we’ll stay here, see how it pans out.

Friday, 19 October 2018

Halesowen


Here I am Rune
Distance  7.6 miles
Total 3450 Locks  197 Tunnels
Running total mileage 5024.6 miles

After the overnight stay in Engine Arm we have now cruised back to Hawne Basin on quite a pleasant day for travelling. Sunny, reasonably warm for the time of year, not many boats on the move though.One of the few we came across was at Gosty tunnel just before we got back to the basin, it had just come through the tunnel heading towards Bumble Hole. The mistake I made was entering the tunnel too soon after the boat had come out. It was an old style boat with what I assume was a historic engine in it, and it had filled the tunnel with diesel fumes. Things improved a bit after I had passed the ventilation shaft halfway along the tunnel but by the time I came out of the tunnel my eyes were watering and I was sneezing quite a bit.

We will be moored here in Hawne probably until early next month as we have one or two things we want to do in the interim.

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Dudley, Black Country Museum


Here I am  Rune
Distance  6.2 miles
Total 3450 Locks  195 Tunnels
Running total mileage 5017.0 miles

After overnighting at Engine Arm, we’ve moved around to the Black Country Museum Moorings at Dudley for tonight. A reasonably pleasant trip although I do bore easily when stuck travelling under the M5 for about a mile and a half, not the most scenic part of the system. We didn’t get off to a good start either since almost immediately as we moved off from the Engine Arm Visitor Mooring we gathered up a plastic coal sack around the propeller that required a dive down the weed hatch to remove. Interestingly one of the long term moorers there had said yesterday that someone else had set off from the moorings and run into the wall of a building adjacent to the canal as he’d got something around his prop when moving off as well. Fortunately we didn’t hit anything it was just the buggeration factor of it.

Tomorrow we’ll be back off through Netherton Tunnel to Hawne Basin, apparently we need to go before Saturday since CRT are closing the tunnel between 10am and 1pm for some canoe event. Interestingly I was reading a short history of the tunnel and apparently at one time it was lit by gaslamps, I wonder who thought that was a good idea. Despite the fact that gaslight doesn’t really put out that much light (I can speak from immediate experience since there is a gaslight outside of the Black Country Museum that we can see from where we are moored) but a gas leak inside a tunnel doesn’t really bear thinking about!