Now the reason for my heading is the confusion that happens when two boats meet at bridge 'oles or when they are between locks. Firstly the bridge 'ole dilemma. Two boats traveling the same speed reach the bridge 'ole at the same time. Both boats go into reverse and both boaters signal to each other to go through. Who goes first? If we could have a hand signal to indicate that one is coming through, wouldn't it be easier? Much better then both boats either sitting waiting for the other or both setting off. Then there are the locks. Fradley in particular but any distant lock in long pounds would do. This is what we had the dilemma about. Descending at Middle lock we spied another boat in the distance on its way up Junction lock. This lock is just before the left turn onto the Coventry canal. So do we move on and leave the gates open just in case they don't turn into the junction or would closing them against the boat that may be coming up be a better idea? Another scenario is seeing a boat exiting a far lock with a long pound in between. Both leave the gates open for each other and then one moors up! Do you go back to close the gates or leave them open? To me if we could somehow have an universal hand signal stating our purpose it would loose all the confusion. What do you think?
|Our dilemma was saved by a family prepared to close Middle lock gates if the Shakespeare boat had tuned onto the Coventry. You can see the little girl waiting in pink.|
|Rower being flushed away by us opening a paddle at Hunts lock. It's okay though, as Ian did say he would wait but the gentleman said to continue as it may get him back to his boat Huff an Puff quicker!|
|New art work at the approach to Bagnall lock Alrewas|
Thankfully the river section was open. We did wonder if all that rain a couple of days ago would scupper our getting to Branston Water park. Alrewas was deserted! I have never seen it this empty in all the years we have traveled through the village.
|Looking toward Alrewas lock and the river section|
|And looking back. Usually there are at least 3 or 4 boats moored|
|Strange that the advisory boards said to be cautious. River levels still in the green.|
|Passing the weir we had a slight pull to the right|
|T'was flowing a tad faster then normal|
|This gives one the impression that Barton Turn lock was closed.|
|The Aware tape was on because the stepping board had been removed.|
|Someone must have hit Barton Turn bottom lock gate pretty hard!|
We didn't quite make the water park in the dry, the rain having started about a mile from our destination and, apart from a brief lull when I went for a walk, it's began tipping it down again and if the news forecaster was correct, will be throughout the night!