Sunday, 22 March 2015

Like dragging a dead elephant...

Saturday 21st March 2015

Up and off early today again.

We only had the two locks to do before the junction, then the swing bridge and the waterpoint to fill - whilst that was happening we did the elsan and rubbish.
Through the 2nd of the locks - this is a short pound, but someone
still decided to moor in that pound .....
and on the lock moorings at that!

But the big news in this short span of time is that Diane did her first junction, easing around from the Trent & Mersey onto the Coventry with consumate ease and grace - unlike that character from yesterday.
Worthy of high praise indeed!
Step 1. Turn in plenty of time

Step2. Continue the turn 

Step 3. Now aim toward the opening for the swing bridge

Step 4. easy peasy it is done - now look away from the camera
as though this is an everyday thing

The Coventry has always been a canal where the bottom is too close to the top and the going is slow - we thought that the Macc was shallow but we seemed to be so slow that at times I was checking behind to see if we were really dragging a dead elephant.
The relatively new Kings Orchard Marina - now looks
 quite completed....

...and pretty full as well

Weatherwise it was vastly different to yesterday - where it was sunny, it was cloudy today; where it was calm with no breeze, there was a bit ofwind; where the air had a bit of warmth, it was freezing.

Eventually we made it to Sutton Road Bridge where we usually like to moor up as it is very handy to the Retail Park - we ventured off there soon after mooring up - mainly for a paper and Diane's Women's Weekly and just a couple of other things.

We needed to be back for a full afternoon and evening of rugby - well when we got back Wales were behind, but rectified all of that by the end - they gave the others a score to chase.
Ireland eventually overcame that to have one hand on the trophy with a fine win over Scotland.

Then there was the England v France match to end it all. France were determined to firstly beat England and when that wasn't going to happen, then make sure that they didn't win the trophy - in that they were successful, but it was a great game by both teams.

10 Miles, 2 Locks, 1 Swing Bridge
YTD: 154 Miles, 61 Locks, 3 Tunnels, 2 Lift Bridges, 7 Swing Bridges

Totals: 3048 Miles, 2182 Locks, 101 Tunnels, 36 Lift Bridges, 157 Swing Bridges

1 comment:

  1. It is shallow through the first part of the Coventry, isn't it? Our draft is 26" and often I notice the top being too close to the bottom! Same on the Maccie, esp through the bridgeholes.
    Here in NZ we have been keeping an ear out for the World Cup cricket - great semi final yesterday where NZ beat the Windies. Now we have to cope with the anxiety of the final on Tuesday! I am not sure how I will cope when the Rugby World Cup is on - the stress will be too much, I fear! Cheers, Marilyn (nb Waka Huia)