Tuesday, 20 May 2014
19th & 20th May Captain under the weather this morning. Sat out on wharf with crew of NB Dreamcatcher in evening. OK till the whiskey came out! Still, managed to get away by 10.30 and in first lock of the Hatton flight by 11.00am. Lovely sunny day and made good progress till we reached the last couple of locks. This is where we found the volunteers, along with a pound (stretch of water between locks for our non boating readers)which looked as if the tide was out! Even a after letting water down through the next lock we still grounded going into it.Eventualy cleared the flight within 4 hrs with something round the propeller. We all know it's called a weed hatch but the last thing you expect to find is weed. For the first time ever there was a huge lump of weed wrapped round the prop. Whatever next finally moored for night on the embankment near the Shrewley tunnel. Fine views across the valley We set off today (Tuesday) heading for Kingswood Junction where we joined the Stratford canal to take us down to the river Avon And Shakespeare country. 9 locks later we are in the Fleur de lys pub writing this blog. A great days cruising.