As planned a little over an hour after we set off this morning we approached the top lock at Atherstone. There are 11 locks in the flight and a combination of short and longish pounds between. We stopped halfway down the flight between locks 5 and 6 in order to visit the town centre for a top up of supplies. There was a Co-op and an Aldi to choose from but the High Street was not much to speak of. On walking back along the towpath laden with bags we met Tony from nb Lydia May. Tony’s boat was possibly the second to last Hudson that was completed and we had left Glascote before it was finished so it was nice to see it all done.
Tony helped the first mate with the next lock and then we said our farewells. I am sure we will meet again as we bob our way around the system.
Although the day started out cloudy it was warm but by now the sun had come out so doing the remaining locks was warm work.
Last but one looking back up the flight towards Atherstone.
At the bottom of the locks is a service point so we pulled in to top up the water tank. This was a fast filling tap so after 15 mins we were done. It was then only a couple of hundred yards around the corner and beyond the winding hole to our planned mooring.
All moored up in a nice sunny spot this will now do us until Monday, when we set off for Fazeley Junction and beyond.
Totals 6 Miles 11 Locks
Today I turned 51 and have decided I definitely don’t miss work. This is our second day near Grendon and what a difference a day makes. Yesterday afternoon was grey and chilly and we even lit the stove just to try it out. Today I am writing this in glorious sunshine with clear blue sky and the forecast is this is set to last for a week or so.
This morning the smartguage which measures the remaining power in the batteries showed that we had used 30% and that we now needed to run the engine to recharge them. We ran the engine for two hours which got the batteries back to 90%. I will keep them between these two levels and then each week give them a long charge back upto 100% which will hopefully keep them in good shape.
Our dog Oscar has not realised yet that it is not necessary to get up at 6.30 am each morning so tomorrow we will get up with him and after a quick breakfast move forward to the water point to refill the tank.
It is then only a few hundred yards or so to the first lock of the Atherstone flight which consists of eleven locks in total. This will probably take us an hour and a half or so all being well. Our next mooring point is planned to be the far side of Atherstone and hopefully near a pub.
Anyway back to today. After maintenance duties were completed we walked the towpath back to Polesworth and had a brief drink in the Royal Oak. This round trip was nearly five miles and was probably the first time I have walked that far in one go since my days in the scouts. It was however very enjoyable. On return to Achernar an afternoon of snoozing in the sunshine was the order of the day as well as eating some of my chocolate birthday cake.
Anyway some more photos where we are but this time in the sunshine
Oscar standing or should I say sitting guard over Achernar
Grendon church across the fields from our mooring
Oscar enjoying the freedom of the towpath
That’s all for now.