Thursday dawned really misty and any early boats that went past us had their headlights on. We were in a gaggle of eight boats moored together last night at Kings Bromley. It’s a good quiet spot with Armco to moor against and a couple of places to park a car in the lane. By 9.30 all the boats had left apart from us and it was back to how we’ve always remembered this spot when cruising past – empty and peaceful.
Buddy and I had a longish walk in the morning and then had lunch before setting off for Rugeley. A nice easy cruise with no locks. The willows at this time of year hang right into the water and this was especially noticeable as we went through Handsacre.
|Can’t really see ahead here|
I remembered that there are quite a few blind spots on this section which is usually OK as Karen would normally go ahead. There is one long narrow section where you have to send a crew member on ahead to stop any boats coming the other way but I couldn’t make Buddy understand. I did moor up and walk down to have a look and set off as it looked all clear.
|Narrow section that used to be a tunnel before it started collapsing and it was removed completely|
|This modern road bridge creates a real blind spot but again, no one was coming the other way. Well, they were but as I was in there first they reversed out.|
At one particular blind bend some helpful fishermen waved that it was all clear and I took it on myself to trust them. Soon, the familiar sight of Rugeley power station came into view and I knew we were nearly there.
|Rugeley power station|
We moored in our usual spot at Rugeley – right next to Tesco and then went for a walk to find where Karen could leave the car for the night.
|Usual mooring spot at Rugeley|