MONDAY 12TH TO THURSDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER 2011
Enough stooging about, although it has been lovely spending time with chums, but today it was time to move on. We made it as far as Nuneaton, but the very strong winds and the need for lunch had us mooring at bridge 21 where the convenient laundry was very handy.
The next morning we moved onto the top of the Athertone flight of eleven locks, but because of low water levels the flight is only open from 8.30 to 4.00 and today the bottom lock will be drained to allow BW to replace a broken paddle rod, once again the Aldi store allowed us to stock up ready for the ‘big push’.
We had intended to be first in the lock when the BW guy removed the padlock on Wednesday morning, but as usual our bed was too comfortable to leave at first light so we were about forth in the queue. Fortunately as soon as we were through the first lock the queue disappeared and almost at every succeeding lock a boat was coming the other way and we were through them in about two and a half hours. We carried on another seven miles and moored just before Glascote Basin and the two adjacent locks at Tamworth. Many of the moored boats hereabouts had protective screens over their windows to protect from flying objects, but apart from a tennis ball landing in the cut next to SKYY which I through back over the fence to it’s apologetic young owner, we had an undisturbed night.
It is good to not be in a great hurry and on Thursday we stopped for a lunch time drink at the Tame Otter in the cute village of Hopwas. There was me thinking that the pub was named after the landlords tame otter before I realised that the River Tame runs nearby, silly me. Another eight miles and we reached the end of the Coventry Canal and we stopped just before Fradley Junction. The Mucky Duck AKA. The Swan pub right on the junction is apparently the most photographed pub in the UK, so no apologizes for including my own one and also one of a giant dragonfly from the nearby nature reserve.