We left Rugby this morning heading for the Coventry Canal on through the Newbold Tunnel, which actually has lights.
There we were happily cruising in the rather weak sunshine, brains pretty much in neutral when we came round a bit of a bend approaching All Oaks Wood and there was Almyne, owned by Chris who sold us Merlin. A frantic bit of reversing so we could get into the bank and Ray went and gave a knock while I held the boat.
Much barking from D'fer and he and Chris soon emerged, we had a quick catch up chat, he's not sure where he's heading this year but at the moment we are heading in opposite directions. After that we carried on our way through Hawkesbury Junction onto the Coventry Canal. We have decided that as we are making such good time we are going to do a little detour up the Ashby Canal, just there and back again to see how far it is. We haven't visited the Ashby before so it will be new territory.
The weather was kind to us today and the forecast is for good mornings with a little bit of rain in the afternoons. We moored for the night about half a mile before the junction with the Ashby and will go exploring tomorrow. Just as we reached the moorings we saw our first brood of ducklings this year. You can't see very well but there are twelve ducklings.
Today's journey 14.2 miles, 1 lock, 1 swing bridge 1 tunnel
So far this year we have travelled 112.8 miles, 106 locks, 4 swing bridges and 3 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 1314.5 miles, 1192 locks, 60 swing bridges, 38 lift bridges and 43 tunnels