We got lucky with the majority of the locks as only 5 needed emptying and yes Jennie we did come up on only one paddle. Seemed idiotic to do twice the work, when lifting one would do equally as well taking only a bit longer and anyway it gave Ian time to walk and set the next lock.
|Loads of locks still to do|
|Fabulous sight though if not daunting.|
Such a relief to get to the top. 15 locks in a tad over 2 hours averaging about 8 minutes a lock wasnt bad. Ian was knackered though, and looking forward to a rest. A good few miles to do before arriving at Kingswood junction and he was looking forward to putting his feet up. I went through Shrewley tunnel and got soaked! Water was cascading from the roof and sides and just in time we shut the rear hatch before the bedroom got soaked.
Ian took the helm once we emerged back into the light and then, just past bridge 62, we saw what we had been dreading. A tree down!!! A big one at that, right across the canal. No way to get by so pulled up, gave C&RT a bell to report it and then reversed back through the bridge ole and onto the embankment. Too dangerous to stay in the cutting what with the trees swaying alarmingly and the thought of one down on us didn't bear thinking about. We settled down for a long wait but within an hour C&RT arrived armed with wheelbarrow, rope and a keb. Not sure what they thought they were going to achieve with those implements. Anyway C&RT bods said we were not the first to report a tree down. In fact a boat moored at the bottom of Knowle had the weight of a conifer on top of it and luckily was still floating. So now we wait. This job is to big for C&RT so it's going out to contractors. Our immediate concerns is have we enough water in the tank. We both had showers last night thinking we were going to water up at Lapworth. With the [possibility of being here for a couple of days, we may have to resort to staying dirty!! More high winds are forecast so I expect more fallen trees will be reported. Just hope it's not on the Stratford canal!
|Ian on the phone to C&RT and, see the bridge in the distance? Well that's where we reversed back to.|
|Ian starts the reverse|
|Lovely job he made of it too.|
|Wheelbarrow and Keb. Think they may need something a bit more substantial.|
|Our mooring for a few days.|
4.5 miles and 15 locks 3 and a bit hours.