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BCN Marathon Challenge 2011: 9am – 11am

Posted by indigodream on 28 May, 2011

10am – 11am

Lock 15 of the Wolverhampton 21 to Deans Road Bridge, Wyrley & Essington Canal

From Lock 15 onwards we suddenly got up some speed and the combined crews of Wanderin’ Bark, Indigo Dream and British Waterways ran some water down the flight. This meant smoother running between the locks as the pounds filled up.

Our progress was even faster when we picked up our relief crew at Lock 6 – Sarah, Andy and greyhounds Ranger, Henry and Archie. Archie is a new hound, rescued quite literally from the jaws of death when Sarah met his trainer/owner at the vet – he was there to be put down. Sarah persuaded the owner to let her rescue him, so now her pack is back up to seven. So we have a very appropriate crew for a greyhound rescue cruise!

This is Archie’s first time on a boat and he’s doing very well indeed – he’s curious but relaxed, and is currently lying on deck with the exceptionally laid-back Lynx and Ranger. Henry, of course, is far too excited to be lying down and is enjoying watching the world go by.

We got to the top of the Wolverhampton 21 at 10.35am so the first leg of our planned journey is done. Shortly afterwards turned onto the next leg – the long lock-free pound of the Wyrley and Essington Canal (aka the Curly Wurly!). So now we have time for coffee, doughnuts, pastries and all the other healthy foods that serious marathon cruisers need….

I must mention the reflective bridge (presumably pipe bridge) just past Dean’s Road Bridge – it’s as shiny now as it was 2 years ago, offering perfect reflections of the canal and of Indigo Dream and its crew passing beneath – magic!

We are taking lots of photos but we won’t be able to download them until a bit later……

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