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Photoblog: BCN Marathon Challenge Day 1

Posted by indigodream on 7 June, 2009

On the way up the day before:

Following a well driven hire boat through Lady Lane Wharf

Following a well driven hire boat through Lady Lane Wharf

Fulbourne stuck mid-channel (or were they trying to save on diesel?)

Fulbourne stuck mid-channel (or were they trying to save on diesel?)

Traffic jam

Traffic jam

On their way to the marathon (Thursday) - many hands helping Fulbourne through Shirley Drawbridge

On their way to the marathon (Thursday) – many hands helping Fulbourne through Shirley Drawbridge

Almost through ....

Almost through ….

Such a perfect pose.....

Such a perfect pose…..

Hawne Basin looking lovely - a good omen for tomorrow's challenge

Hawne Basin looking lovely – a good omen for tomorrow’s challenge

And we're off.....

And we’re off…..

The fortified approach to Gosty Tunnel's southern portal

The fortified approach to Gosty Tunnel’s southern portal

Fine views on the approach to Windmill End Junction

Fine views on the approach to Windmill End Junction

The view up a ventilation shaft in the Netherton Tunnel

The view up a ventilation shaft in the Netherton Tunnel

Passing nb Saltaire near Dudley Port Junction - the first of many meetings!

Passing nb Saltaire near Dudley Port Junction – the first of many meetings!

Marathon first aid - fuel and service boat. We'll be seeing you tomorrow!

Marathon first aid – fuel and service boat. We’ll be seeing you tomorrow!

nb Api Wanderings at Spon Lane

nb Api Wanderings at Spon Lane

Tug Joanna at Spon Lane Top Lock

Tug Joanna at Spon Lane Top Lock

Crossing over the New Main Line

Crossing over the New Main Line

The traditional Blakeley Hall Bridge under the elephantine legs of the M5

The traditional Blakeley Hall Bridge under the elephantine legs of the M5

Gloomy surroundings at Anchor Bridge

Gloomy surroundings at Anchor Bridge

The boat-friendly cafe by Chemical Arm - no time to stop for coffee though.....

The boat-friendly cafe by Chemical Arm – no time to stop for coffee though…..

The cheery crew of nb Solatium

The cheery crew of nb Solatium

We've squared the circle! Looking down at Netherton Tunnel's northern portal from Tividale Aqueduct

We’ve squared the circle! Looking down at Netherton Tunnel’s northern portal from Tividale Aqueduct

Tividale Aqueduct: the view the other way with the fine sight of narrowboats on the move...

Tividale Aqueduct: the view the other way with the fine sight of narrowboats on the move…

The broad reaches of the Wolverhampton Levels

The broad reaches of the Wolverhampton Levels

nb Shropshire Lass

nb Shropshire Lass

Dudley Tunnel's northern portal - good moorings, services and a museum - what more could you ask for?

Dudley Tunnel’s northern portal – good moorings, services and a museum – what more could you ask for?

Green and pleasant land around Coseley Tunnel

Green and pleasant land around Coseley Tunnel

And it's positively rural on the Wednesbury Oak Loop

And it’s positively rural on the Wednesbury Oak Loop

End of the road - Bradley Works at the end of the Wednesdbury Oak Loop

End of the road – Bradley Works at the end of the Wednesdbury Oak Loop

Passing nb Whitchurch (or should that be Just) - only just enough room to pass through the weed near the end of the Wednesbury Oak Loop

Passing nb Whitchurch (or should that be Just) – only just enough room to pass through the weed near the end of the Wednesbury Oak Loop

Oooh another trip down the weed hatch

Oooh another trip down the weed hatch

Traffic on the Wolverhampton Levels!

Traffic on the Wolverhampton Levels!

An opportunity for youth to take out (of the canal) what they put in! This yard near Horseley Fields Junction had several 'community' boats

An opportunity for youth to take out (of the canal) what they put in! This yard near Horseley Fields Junction had several ‘community’ boats

View towards Horseley Fields Junction

View towards Horseley Fields Junction

Promising outlook - a view onto the Wyrley and Essington Canal

Promising outlook – a view onto the Wyrley and Essington Canal

Where are you taking that mattress?! It would be nice to think that the towpath was just a shortcut to the local rubbish tip....

Where are you taking that mattress?! It would be nice to think that the towpath was just a shortcut to the local rubbish tip….

Reflective pipe bridge on the Curly Wurley - so shapely, a real feature.

Reflective pipe bridge on the Curly Wurley – so shapely, a real feature.

Grand duck house - which MP paid for that on expenses then??

Grand duck house – which MP paid for that on expenses then??

Fulbourne be-weeded on the Wyrley and Essington

Fulbourne be-weeded on the Wyrley and Essington

Good place for a rummage while the boat keeps moving....

Good place for a rummage while the boat keeps moving….

Quite a convoy - the tug's pushing the dredger and pulling a full size butty.....

Quite a convoy – the tug’s pushing the dredger and pulling a full size butty…..

Ooh that's good - cooling splosh on a hot hot day....

Ooh that’s good – cooling splosh on a hot hot day….

The Wyrley and Essington at its best.....

The Wyrley and Essington at its best…..

Friendly boating community at Sneyd Junction

Friendly boating community at Sneyd Junction

nb Tawny Owl looking good with the bunting - we must get some for next time...

Sue, Mark, Steve and Robert of nb Tawny Owl looking good with the bunting – we must get some for next time…

Passing nb. Kershez in the wonderful dusk light

Passing nb. Kershez in the wonderful dusk light

Sunset

Sunset

5 Responses to “Photoblog: BCN Marathon Challenge Day 1”

  1. John Slee said

    Great photographic record. Well done

  2. indigodream said

    Thanks John, it was a job and a half to choose a selection from the over 500 photos that we took over the weekend.

    Anyone remember the days when you’d make one 24-exposure film last for a whole holiday?! Long live digital……

  3. Richard Powell said

    Hi,

    The crew of Tawny Owl in your picture are Sue, Mark, Steve and Robert. There are more hiding inside.

    I missed that ‘photo as I was off singing for the Lord Mayor of Coventry at the time having jumped ship at the Cannock Extension.

    Richard

  4. indigodream said

    Hi Richard and the good crew of the Tawny Owl

    Thanks for getting in touch – it’s great to put some names to faces. Whether we’ll remember the next time we see you on the cut is another matter……:-)

  5. indigodream said

    And congratulations on coming second!

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