Monday, 4 April 2011

Monday 4th April,

What a day! We set off from Great Haywood at just gone 9.00 and plodded towards Rugeley where we intended to shop. We easily found a mooring and did a raid on Morrison's before continuing towards Fradley Junction.

Just after Rugeley it started to rain so we thought about finding a mooring but nothing showed up and the rain abated, so we continued on our way. Then the wind got up and made manoeuvring very tricky. Our first attempt at mooring up was a disaster because the side was too shallow and the wind kept carrying us into the bank so getting going again turned into a drama, taking several attempts. Very embarrassing. Our intention was to stop around Fradley but when we arrived there were no vacancies so we had to continue down the Coventry Canal for about a mile before we found anywhere to put out our pins. Even here it is very shallow and we are tilted over by being grounded.

We had hoped to do only about 4 or so hours today but ended up doing nearly 8.

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