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Boat Blog: The Odyssey 2014 – Day 25

Posted by indigodream on 17 October, 2014

Rewind to Sunday 17th August

Kinver to Wombourne

This will have to be a photoblog – I have no notes and I can’t remember the day either. I really MUST keep up with this blog – it’s my recollection of our cruising days and it’s obvious that I remember nothing without it – poo!

OK, so Richard has a better momory than me…….”Knowing how busy Kinver would be, we decided, obviously with great regret, to have a lie in. Loads of boats went past in the morning and we manfully/womanfully got going at around 10:30am. You’d think it would be quiet after the morning rush hour but there was a queue for the lock and then an even bigger queue for the waterpoint! Having said the boats in front of us all stopped at the waterpoint so up we headed for the next lock only to catch up with another boat. The first photo shows the queue behind us as the waterpointers moved up!

After that we did make steady progress, but it was amazing how many people were out, we did not manage to take on water till the third waterpoint!!!”

 

Looking back towards the moorings at Kinver. Looks as if mid-morning is THE time to arrive to get the prime spaces by the pub!

Queue – luckily behind us!

 

Love this colourful decoration at the CRT base at Stewponey

Love this colourful decoration at the CRT base at Stewponey

It was so tempting to turn back towards Birmingham at Stourton Junction - it's a ovely cruise up to the Dudley Canals...

It was so tempting to turn back towards Birmingham at Stourton Junction – it’s a lovely cruise up to the Dudley Canals…

View from the aqueduct over the River Stour - a nice reminder of our trip down the adjacent canal back in 2008..

View from the aqueduct over the River Stour – a nice reminder of our trip down the adjacent canal back in 2008..

Henry and Archie enjoying a rummage at Rocky Lock - the canal has some wonderfully remote locks where the hounds can run free :-)

Henry and Archie enjoying a rummage at Rocky Lock – the canal has some wonderfully remote locks where the hounds can run free πŸ™‚

Henry Beanz absolutely refuse to pose with Archie - he wanted to be back in his bed on board!

Henry Beanz absolutely refuse to pose with Archie – he wanted to be back in his bed on board!

There are such picturesque lock bridges along this canal - useful too :-)

There are such picturesque lock bridges along this canal – useful too πŸ™‚

I have such happy memories of cruising this way - especially of Blue and Lou rummaging in these wonderful landscapes :-)

I have such happy memories of cruising this way – especially of Blue and Lou rummaging in these wonderful landscapes πŸ™‚

Botterham Staircase locks - the "middle" gates of staircase locks always look so imposing....

Botterham Staircase locks – the “middle” gates of staircase locks always look so imposing….

Henry Beanz enjoying the sofa - cruising is soooo exhausting :-)

Henry Beanz enjoying the sofa – cruising is soooo exhausting πŸ™‚

Archie Beanz is still showing some signs of life though - it takes more than two days' cruising to wear him out :-)

Archie Beanz is still showing some signs of life though – it takes more than two days’ cruising to wear him out πŸ™‚

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