Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Brownhills


Here I am Rune
Distance  5.9 miles 
Total 3138 Locks  164 Tunnels
Running total mileage 4649.4 miles

A fairly straightforward day today from Longwood along the Rushall canal to Brownhills. Very little boat movement (other than ourselves) but then this is towards the remote outskirts of the BCN.

Not much has changed at Brownhills since our last visit, the moorings are still a bit shallow and a few more shops have gone from the main street. The rather dire derelict shopping mall remains derelict (they really ought to knock it down, it would improve it immeasurably).

We’ll stay here until Friday and then head off towards Anglesey Basin.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Longwood Junction


Here I am  Rune
Distance  5 miles 
Total 3138 Locks  164 Tunnels
Running total mileage 4643.5 miles

Another day when the work seemed harder since we were working in hot sunshine. In reality it was a bit of a faff, but not too hard coming up the  Rushall, it took some time however because the first  pound up from the bottom was completely empty, like it was just mud! To fill that we obviously needed to bring water down the flight and obviously as we did that we were taking water from pounds further up the flight. I would guess that if everything had been perfect we’d have gone through the flight in about an hour and forty minutes, with the water problem, it took us about two hours and forty minutes. 

One other factor that slowed us down as well was the long pound between locks 2 and 3 was, as expected, quite shallow. Last time we came this way I ran aground about 3 times so things must have improved since I didn’t run aground at all, although I did get some weed around the propeller but that was just an inconvenience.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Perry Barr


Here I am  Rune
Distance  8.6 miles 
Total 3129 Locks  164 Tunnels
Running total mileage 4638.5 miles

As expected, today was a bit like hard work, quite a few locks in hot sunshine made it seem harder. I may have erred in not taking in enough fluid either since by the end of the flight I had rather run out of oomph. We have however reached out intended destination, the top of the Perry Barr flight and from here things should be relatively easy out to Brownhills by about Wednesday.

The day’s route didn’t really pass through Birmingham’s finest areas, it went under Gravelly Hill (Spaghetti Junction) which was pretty deafening. It is the only place on the canal system I can recall the traffic noise drowning out the sound of the diesel throbbing beneath my feet. On this section we also passed the memorial to the Policeman, DC Michael Swindells who was stabbed to death at the location by coincidence on this exact day (May 21st) in 2004. 

Passing under an old Birmingham factory.....

......actually right under the factory

Passing through Gravelly Hill (Spaghetti Junction)

The memorial to DC Michael Swindells