Day : Thursday
Date : 1 August 2019
Start : 1025
Finish : 1700 Kidderminster
Dear reader, please do me a favour and check your smoke and CO alarms on the 1st of every month
I have uploaded our proposed route to CanalPlanAC at https://canalplan.eu/journey/12085_46Z5H2959O if anyone wants to see where we are likely to be. It gets updated with actual position each night.
Well last night the crew change went well, we said goodbye to Brian with Spot and hello to George. This morning didn't go quite so well. We pulled the boat forward to the water point and filled with water, I then went to start the engine and the key and barrel fell out in my hand. I can turn the "ignition" on and off using a flat blade screwdriver but not to the start position against the weight of the spring, so we now have a short piece of wire on the solenoid that I can flash onto a live terminal to crank the engine. Needless to say another came for water while I was sorting things. End result it was almost 1030 am. before we entered Stewponey Lock. We decided that we would go all the way to Kidderminster and decide what to do from there, two choices, down the Severn or turn round and back to Birmingham.
Just before lunch we passed a rather smart butty, I rather like the potteries painting on the block, just as we had finished lunch he was bow hauling it backwards, if that makes sense to moor just below us, so we gave him a hand getting round Harnser.
We pushed on to the 5 day moorings in Kidderminster, I have never moored here before having always gone down to Tesco to moor. In the morning we will wind at the first opportunity and retrace our steps to Stewponey and then Birmingham.
9½ Miles 7 Locks in 5 hours