|Attractive barrel roof building at Audlem flight.|
We met various Canal World Forum members up the flight, including "Cloggy", who was on his way to help another boat through, but assisted me through a couple of locks. The Audlem flight was completed fairly efficiently, but at all these locks, whilst not immensely busy right now, there is enough other traffic that this largely determines your overall rate of progress.
|Cutting approaching Tyrley locks.|
|Typical strong bywash - "riding the rapids" into the locks!|
|Another worrying land-slip - Woodseaves cutting.|
He had been in the Thames River Pageant, but not in a narrow boat, but in some kind of canvas covered coracle he had built - an Irish Curragh, we think it was. He and his fellow rowers had been many hours in the rain, with near hypothermia, unable to take a pee, and when they couldn't keep up, had been taken into a tow in a most unsatisfactory way, where he had really feared for the safety of those on board. His wife, meanwhile had been involved with family, and young children, trying to spectate from the bank, and she told tales of how reserved areas for families of those involved were not accessible, how they could see nothing, and then got involved in a terrifying melee of people fearing they would get separated or crushed. Additionally there was apparently only Sunday services on transport, and people were left stranded to walk many miles, or be the victims of unscrupulous mini cab drivers. Not quite the public image that was given of this event, and where I hope I have correctly reflected the views of this couple.
|Feature in ladies toilets at the Anchor, High Offley|
Below Audlem Lock 11 to High Offley
Miles: 14.7, Locks: 21
Total Miles: 347.6, Locks: 183 (Worked)