We decided to get going reasonably early, which, considering how the day panned out, proved to be a good decision! Having knocked the 11 Atherstone locks on the head last evening, the plan today was mostly to just cover miles, with just a couple of locks to do. We badly wanted to reach Fradley Junction, because we were hoping to find both shower and launderette facilities there, as well as us thinking we were due for another pub meal in the evening.
|Passing "Jaguar" at Grendon dock.|
Sickle is throwing a lot of exhaust our way, and neither of the exhaust stacks, ("pipes"), that we currently have is suitable to throw it upwards, and still be short enough to pass under the low bridges on these canals. I stopped at Alvecote to see if we could rectify this, but apparently "pipes" for 3" diameter exhausts differ from the more modern narrower bore items, and need making to order. So, after a brief chat with Sam Noon, who was busy making a set of side cloths, we pressed on with no pipe on. as this seems to be the best compromise to avoid excess exhaust in our faces.
|A present from the good people of Tamworth.|
|Finally reached Fradley Junction - The best mooring there!|
|View from the pub window|
We made good progress after this, and took a decision to try and get on the very restricted mooring space right by the junction with the Trent & Mersey. This worked, meaning we were best placed for all facilities, and the pub - result!
Newbold to foot of Atherstone Locks
Miles: 19.4, Locks: 2
Totals for extended trip....
Miles: 93.6, Locks: 38