Monday, 17 April 2017

Warwick



Here I am Rune
Distance 5.2 miles
Total 2456 Locks  118 Tunnels
Running total mileage 3441.2miles 

After 4 days mooring at Radford Semele we are now back into Warwick, this time moored in the Saltisford Arm since if we moored where we were previously moored we might be considered to have been overstaying the 14 limit. Since we will be paying to remain here in Saltisford that should negate that problem. We expect to be here now until 26th when our main summer expedition will begin, although first trip is to head off to Debdale to get the boat blacked and the BSS certification carried out.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Radford Semele



Here I am Rune
Distance 5.1 miles
Total 2454 Locks  118 Tunnels
Running total mileage 3436miles

What was suggested on the last posting that I’d be spending a few days recuperation at the last mooring turned into a couple of week stay, although not all of that was on the boat. We took the opportunity whilst at a fairly secure mooring, to go for a short walking holiday along the Cleveland Way. During the week away we completed the section from Filey to Saltburn (about 50 miles). Second half to be completed at a later date.

Today’s move was really just to comply with our licence requirements not to stay in a single place for more than 14 days, which would have been up tomorrow had we stayed. We have come through Warwick and Leamington Spa to Radford Semele where we will again be staying for a few days as we still need to remain in the Warwick/Leamington Spa area until about the middle of the month before we head off towards Market Harborough to get the boat blacked. It was a largely uneventful trip, although it is noticeable that there are now more boats on the move as we get towards Easter.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Saltersford (Warwick)



Here I am Rune
Distance 2.6 miles
Total 2452 Locks  118 Tunnels
Running total mileage 3430.9miles

After a reasonable workout today coming down the Hatton Flight I have one or two aches and pains here and there. For some reason I just couldn’t get properly into a rhythm for the first 8 or so locks. The rhythm was thrown a bit by getting a plastic coal bag around the propeller somewhere about lock 43 or 44 which I couldn’t shift with the usual forward and reverse drives so in lock 41 everything came to a halt while I got down the weed hatch to remove it. After that things started to get better although the weather wasn’t helping with a number of short showers but it all seemed to calm down after about lock 40 and it was soon after that we got into the rhythm of doing it. The total time to come down was about 3 hours and 20 minutes which is reasonable since we were travelling alone having signally failed to team up with any other boat coming down (passed a few going up though!).

I think we will be at our current mooring for a few days recuperation now.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Hatton



Here I am Rune
Distance 4.7 miles
Total 2431 Locks  118 Tunnels
Running total mileage 3428.3miles

At last the weather is starting to warm up a little bit, today’s trip from Kingswood Junction to the top of Hatton Locks was in conditions that start to feel more like spring. Made it a fairly relaxed day today with the expectation of a bit more work to do tomorrow (like 21 locks). Still not a lot moving on the canal at the moment, I think we passed two boats on the move today and another couple came up through the locks after we had moored up. With only a couple of weeks or so until Easter I would have expected to see more boats coming out of the marinas.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Kingswood Junction



Here I am Rune
Distance 2.1 miles
Total 2431 Locks  117 Tunnels
Running total mileage 3423.6 miles 

Not a lot of distance today but quite a lot of work, 19 locks to be precise. Sadly, being narrow locks, it isn’t possible to team up with another boat to work them, it’s a shame because there was another boat in front of us making passage through the locks and they seemed pretty competent. They are in a bit more of a rush than us though since they wanted to do the Lapworth Flight and start on the Hatton flight today whereas we were happy to complete the Lapworth flight leaving Hatton for another day.

Not sure yet what the plan will be, whether we travel only as far as the top of the Hatton tomorrow and go down on Thursday or carry on and do the whole lot, all rather depends on what the weather forecast is over the next couple of days.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Lapworth



Here I am Rune
Distance 3.6 miles
Total 2412 Locks  117 Tunnels
Running total mileage 3421.5 miles 

A gentle cruise today, since I can’t be bothered with going down the Lapworth flight until tomorrow. The weather yesterday was positively spring-like, back to winter today with an icy breeze. On the plus side at least there was no rain. 

The next couple of days will be something of a work-out with 19 locks in the Lapworth flight and another 21 in the Hatton flight, so 40 locks to look forward to before we get to Warwick.