|"Spirit of Phoebe" is remarkably narrow as well as short.|
|"Sickle's" "twin" "Tycho" was at Stretton.|
Reasons for slow progress today were......
1) We decided to walk into Brewood to find the small supermarket there, and top up on some essential supplies.
2) As a result of the late start resulting from (1), when we arrived at the single lock at Wheaton Aston, we ended up being (I think) boats number 6 and 7 in a queue waiting to go down. Although people were fairly efficient, this meant an enforced wait of at least an hour.
3) (By far the worst). I decided that I could put off an oil change on "Sickle" no longer, so with the oil hot, we decided to delay at Wheaton Aston to do this. In "Sickle" the arrangements for pumping out old oil are very poor, and as it uses about three times as much as "Chalice" does, it takes an age. The oil filter is also a pig to change, being located in a fairly inaccessible spot. The engine room was very hot, I was grumpy, and by the end of it had oil on most of me. (Thank goodness I was travelling with "Chalice" as well, so had access to a shower!).
4) As a result of (3), we realised we would not get to Norbury Wharf in time, where we had planned to buy diesel. I therefore decided to reverse "Sickle" back to Turners at Wheaton Aston. If I'm honest, it was not my best ever bit of reversing, and it all used up time. Turners actually sells quite a lot of "boaty" type things at reasonable prices, and I came away having bought more than diesel.
|Again very typical of this particular canal.|
|There are many long straight cuttings|
|Not often both boats moving are in the same shot - unless tied together, of course!|
|Short tunnel just hewn through solid rock.|
Brewood to Gnosall
Miles: 8.5 (Chalice), 8.5 (Sickle), Locks:2
Total Miles: 223.7, Locks: 93