When we moored at the bottom of Atherstone last night, I was well aware that "Sickle" was overdue an oil change. I had been hoping to do this early on in the trip, but things had conspired against it. Now, moored bank-side at a reasonable location, it urgently needed to be tackled. I had pumped the old oil out last night, the easier part of the task, although "Sickle's" Lister holds massive amounts of oil compared to a modern leisure boat engine - almost three times as much , in fact!
Far the harder bit was still to be done - the oil filter is remarkably inconveniently placed, and a very messy time getting it off and cleaned up is guaranteed. A filthy job, overall! Also one does not need to think too hard about the cost of the replacement oil. Some two and a half cans, at at least £25 each!
Anyway, finally we were running on new oil. Then there was much shuffling of tools, possessions, food, and bedding between boats, because very shortly we planned to leave "Sickle" and carry on with just "Chalice".
|"Sickle" at Grendon dock.|
|Josher "Tench" owned by Matt - former owner of "Sickle".|
With all the time spent on maintenance at the start of the day, this was never going to be a long boating day. There were only two easy locks to tackle, and now we needed to work each one only once.
|Immedately followed by "Greyhound", sounding wonderful.|
Atherstone Bottom Lock (Coventry Canal) to Hopwas (Birmingham & Fazeley)
Miles: 1.2 (Sickle), 11.0 (Chalice), 8.3 (Combined), Locks: 2
Total Miles: 184.1, Locks: 68 (Worked)