Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Birmingham, first time this year

We made our way to Norbury on Friday afternoon and ended up moored right at the end of the visitor moorings but managed to edge our way back to a better spot to trade as other people moved during the afternoon and early Saturday morning. There weren't many people about but we sold a few things and Ray learnt how to make Turk's Head knots.

On Sunday we travelled to Wheaton Aston ready to fill up with diesel and make our way to the junction on Monday. which is what we did after queueing for over half an hour to get to the diesel pump. It seemed virtually everyone who had spent the night at Wheaton Aston had done it so they could fill up when Turner's opened.

I did a bit of shopping and collected my parcel from the post office on Monday afternoon then we got up really early (for us) on Tuesday and headed up the 21 and onto the BCN. We had originally planned to go back to the moorings but Ryders Green Locks were closed due to a broken lock beam so we went straight into Birmingham.

Our journey up the 21 was a record for us, 2 hours and 50 minutes from bottom to top, then the long haul into Birmingham where we spent today. we will head for Kings Norton tomorrow.

Since my last post we have travelled 34.1 miles, 26 locks and 3 tunnels

This year we have travelled  316 miles, 298 locks, 3 swing bridges and 11 tunnels

In 2014 we travelled 425 miles, 334 locks, 2 swing bridges,17 lift bridges and 23 tunnels

In 2013 we travelled 459.1 miles, 434 locks, 7 swing bridges, 15 lift bridges and 31 tunnels

In 2012 we travelled 876.9 miles, 675 locks,  55 swing bridges, 22 lift bridges and 31 tunnels

In 2011 we travelled 461.4 miles, 444 locks, 3 swing bridges, 34 lift bridges and 15 tunnels

During 2010 we travelled 740.3 miles, 642 locks, 53 swing bridges, 4 lift bridges and 25 tunnels

Since Ray retired we have travelled 3267.1 miles, 2827 locks, 121 swing bridges, 92 lift bridges and 136 tunnels

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