(Retrospective Post for Saturday 11th August
|Cath takes Sickle into "Sutton Stop"|
We made a latish departure from our overnight mooring at Hawkesbury, but before we even travelled through the stop lock, tied up again to take water. Whilst the tank was filling I also took rubbish up to the refuse point, and went to empty a toilet cassette,
|Flamingo follows Sickle though|
Eventually we were ready to go through the shallow stop lock, and as nothing came the other way were able to hold Sickle in the exit from the lock whilst we worked Flamingo through.
I don't think I have gone round the 180 degree turn from the Oxford Canal onto the Coventry with nobody else on the boat before, so I knew I had no look out, and nobody to assist if I fouled up the turn. Going "round in one" is always worth trying for, but Flamingo is a heavy boat, (effectively "part loaded"), and doesn't turn anything like easily as an empty motor. I've never made it in one yet, so wasn't trying that hard today. I misjudged the early part of the turn, and had to hold back slightly, but was then surprised that it did go the whole way around after that without too much of a fight. For the first time with Flamingo I felt that "round in one" could work after all. One to try again the return trip?
|Taking Flamingo round the 180 degree turn.|
|Typical Coventry Canal bridge.|
There is a good circular walk from where we tied up, so the dogs got a proper outing, not just a quick trip up and down the towpath. One of the fields we had to cross is the type where the footpath passes straight through the crops, and the farmer flattens that bit out. However as the field was just being harvested, (literally!), we had a bit of guesswork to do, and at points actually had to step over piles of the crop still waiting to be gathered up by the relevant bit of farm machinery.
Hawkesbury to Springwood Haven
Miles per boat: 7.6, Miles both boats: 15.2, Locks: 2
Total Miles both boats: 82.3, Total Locks both boats:21