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BCN Marathon Challenge 2011: Photoblog 2

Posted by indigodream on 2 June, 2011

1.35pm: View from the Wyrley and Essington Canal...

1.38pm: Traveller's ponies - a common sight on 'rural' canals....

1.43pm: Hot competition - nb Muskrat - winners of the last challenge in 2009!

1.44pm: The skipper of nb Muskrat - respect - they got an extraordinary number of points on the last challenge and whilst they say that they did not do that well this time ...

1.49pm: View from the Wyrley and Essington Canal...

1.45pm: It's not all countryside....

2.08pm: There is some housing around - mainly neat redbrick houses, so this block of flats really stood out.....

2.10pm: View from the Wyrley and Essington Canal.... This canal is terribly underused but it is well worth visiting.

2.17pm: Bet you didn't expect cows in Birmingham....

1.27pm: Approaching Pelsall junction...

2.34pm: Cannock Extension Canal - straight and scenic - good place to walk the dogs....

3.22pm: Pub at Pelsall Junction with fellow competitors nb Mr Toad presumably having their 6 hour rest break early......

3.54pm: Civilisation just past Pelsall Junction....

3.56pm: nb Rosie moored near Tesco - not sure if they were on the challenge...

4.03pm: Looking back towards Rushall Junction....

4.19pm: Pterodactyls? Probably herons - they do look prehistoric in the air....

4.22pm: 'fisherman' - great sculpture by Walsall Wood Bridge....

4.27pm: These new developments may be a little bland but they're a lot better than the previous dereliction and give the canal a 'safe' feel....

4.32pm: The basin at Daw End - it's much more swanky than we remember!

4.33pm: Daw End Visitor mooring - they're offside and presumably that gate can be locked - they're only 24-hour and they were unoccupied when we passed...

4.37pm: Sweeping views into the deep quarry on the Daw End branch and the far vista of the Birmingham plateau..

5.06pm: nb Yeoford and it's youthful crew, including James and Amy from nb Lucky Duck...

5.06pm: Close up of nb Yeoford with Amy from nb Lucky Duck (seated) - their crew was very chirpy considering they'd been cruising for around 11 hours at this point (they started early to get to their starting position)....

5.31pm: It was great to have five potential helms- men and women on board - swapping over regularly meant we could all have a rest to recharge our batteries as the day drew on.....

5.46pm: Another merry greeting this time from the Cat who Walks by Himself, author of the ultimate planning tool for this challenge.

5.58pm: Fancy dress at Rushall top lock - apparently they weren't from the Longwood Boat Club.....or so they say.....

6.20pm: Serious business - the crew of this little boat (aaargh didn't catch their name either) were deep in discussion - a common syndrome on the BCN challenge where tactics are discussed hourly 🙂

6.48pm: View up the Rushall flight - it's an attractive stretch....

7.14pm: The canine crew were flat out by now - after 11 hours cruising Graham finally got used to tiptoeing round prone greyhounds on deck. Sarah says that if we build Indigo Dream 2 then we MUST have a bigger back deck. We've got 9' now - what do you say - another 4 feet maybe?

3 Responses to “BCN Marathon Challenge 2011: Photoblog 2”

  1. Peter said

    You know that if you have a 4 foot bigger back deck you will only fill it with k9s!

  2. indigodream said

    So true – hounds are like clutter – they accumulate to fill all the space available!!!

  3. Graham said

    I used to make space in the shop to make it look less cluttered, but then Jill would have an excuse to by more stock and fill it up, it used to look like an Aladins Cave, the customers liked it, the only problems occurred when she had a day off and I couldn’t find a thing.

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