Hot and sunny, huzzah!
Trip Start Apr 02, 2012
67Trip End Oct 31, 2012
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We began the day by saying that we were not going very far. Just up to Fradley Junction or around the corner - first nice mooring. We ended up going twice as far as we anticipated because the Trent and Mersey canal is typified by banks which require mooring pins and we are not too keen on using them because boaters that go past at speed, often cause the pins to be pulled out. But we were keen to stop as Bryan had spent the early morning complaining about how tired he was and while he was inside having a snooze I steered and the sun was so hot that my toes were getting burnt. We stopped at the first bit of available piling, though it didn't meet our criteria for being a good mooring spot but it turned out to be quite nice after all, about a mile east of a little place called Handsacre which Travelpod can't find
1 non Tunnel. West of bridge 61 there used to be a tunnel, wide enough for 1 boat only. The roof has been removed and as it is no longer a tunnel, there is no warning that it is ahead and around a corner. Bryan had no idea it was there and only realised when he was rounding the corner. Fortunately, nothing was coming in the other direction. usually, one of us goes on ahead to make sure all is clear.
It's now lunchtime on Tuesday and we have arrived at Rugeley. Bryan has gone off to do his first shop which entails doing a trawl of the charity shops in the search for more reading material. I am sitting in the cratch, enjoying the cooler but still warm weather conditions while waiting for my latest "Herman" to cook.
Our criteria for good moorings are:-
Secure mooring (on piling or mooring rings)
Middle of nowhere with beautiful outlook
Away from trees
Good internet connection
Last nights mooring scored 2 out of 5 but was still good none the less.
We moved on after shopping and have moored just outside of Rugeley in the Trent Valley. Our mooring scores 5/5. We are on a 70' stretch of piling surrounded by beautiful countryside and the sun is shining. Bryan is just off outside with a new book and a glass of whiskey. I am off to check out exactly where we are and to see if I can find some more elderflower to add to the small amount I collected this morning.