From our overnight mooring we were quickly arrived at Fazeley Junction, where we joined the Birnungham and Fazeley Canal. The choices there are left to Birmingham, or right to Fradley Junction to join the Trent and Mersey canal - we took the latter option.
Our plan was to turn right at Fradley Junction, on to part of the Trent and Mersey that circumstances have meant we have not been on in about 10 years. It was just before the turn that I discovered I was completely unable to light our Morco instantaneous water heater - our only source on Flamingo for hot water in the summer, other than boiling a kettle. Even with the cover off and everything exposed it simply would not light, at which point we got a sinking feeling about having to spend up to two weeks more on board with no running hot water.
Well eventually it did, but we have no idea why it didn't before, (or indeed whether it will again tomorrow!) It's rather worrying but we both grabbed a hot shower whilst we knew it was working.
Moving off again we quickly realised that after Alrewas the canal closely parallels the A38 for quite a few miles, and we had no desire to spend a night next to it. So we have moored at a quiet spot some half a mile before Alrewas, and will save the joys of the A38 until tomorrow.
We walked the dogs onto Alrewas, and enjoyed a couple of pints each, and a very acceptable meal at the Crown Inn. The dogs could have gone inside, but we chose to sit in the garden on what was a very pleasant evening.
Shortly I will turn the Morco water heater off overnight - watch this space to see if I can relight it tomorrow!
Tame Aqueduct (Coventry Canal) to near Alrewas (Trent & Mersey Canal)
Total Miles both boats: 119.3, Total Locks both boats: 47