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BCN Marathon Challenge 2011: 3.30pm – 5.10pm

Posted by indigodream on 28 May, 2011

3.30pm – 4.45pm

Pellsal Junction to Daw End

After Pelsall Junction, the Curly Wurly passes through some civilisation, including a handy Tesco with canalside moorings. We saw two moored boats – one at the junction and one at Tesco – other than that the canal has been largely deserted – we certainly haven’t seen any boats on the move.

Note: there’s a large shoal offside opposite Tesco – we were scraping the bottom even in the centre of the channel.

All the hounds have given up now – it’s all too much effort to stay awake, proving that greyhound olympic looking is more than rigorous enough a sport to be included in the houndie games next year 🙂

We’re still a few miles from Rushall top lock, so I’m just sneaking a quick post in before it’s all hands on deck again – a fisherman said that he hadn’t seen another boat on the move for 3 hours so with a bit of luck there won’t a queue.

The canal remains shallow – in places there’s hardly enough water to draw back so we’re a bit slow; having said that, it may be time for another prop inspection as the water here is very reedy.

There’s a very fine mooring Basin at Daw End (with many moored boats) – it’s more sophisticated than we remember and the visitor mooring past the bridge look good, though there weren’t any visiting boats there.

We did our good deed opposite the Daw End visitor moorings – Graham spotted a young crow (or maybe a jackdaw) floundering in the water – his feathers were sodden and he couldn’t get up the hard bank out of the water. We stopped and Andy deftly netted him up onto the towpath – result! The bird was exhausted and flopped into the adjacent undergrowth – I hope s/he survives.

The water is crystal clear around here, causing much frustration of angler Graham – the large pike were visibly laughing at him without his rod!!

The Daw End branch is a great bit of water – not only is it very rural but it also soars above the surrounding landscape, offering glimpses of the valley below – in places the quarried ground below the canal seems to sink as low as the canal is high (if that makes sense!).

As I type, we’ve just cleared the prop – this time some industrial looking ‘webbing’. Sarah, Andy and the hounds have got off for a walk – they’ve carried windlasses with them but I don’t think they realise it’s 2 miles to the Rushall Locks – we may need an emergency pick-up at the next bridge hole!

Ooh a bit of excitement – a working boat approaching – it’s nb Yeoford with a crew of young folk including the Lucky Ducks, and Mike Askin who we think is from nb Shoestring (we met on a Thames convoy a few years ago) – fantastic!

2 Responses to “BCN Marathon Challenge 2011: 3.30pm – 5.10pm”

  1. Adam said

    He was Shoestring, now the old working boat Victoria.

  2. indigodream said

    Thanks Adam – will we see nb Briar Roase on a BCN challenge one year?

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