The plan today was to get through the three tunnels on the way to Kings Norton and moor around there for the night. We entered the first tunnel in bright sun light and came out the other side to be greeted with horizontal hail. So much hail that it got caught in my hair and I ended up with an ice-cream headache. The storm passed as quickly as it came, and we went through the next short tunnel, all good. Pulled up at Alvechurch to do the shopping as we only had veg on board. I grabbed my backpack out from under the bed, for my camera in case it rained again, and as I was putting on outside I noticed it was wet on the bottom. I don’t know, I could have set it down outside in a wet spot but couldn’t remember doing it. Anyway got supplies onboard and decided to check to see if there was damp where the backpack was. No damp – Yay. But you know, I’ve been smelling damp for weeks, and we’ve looked in all the likely spots (many people have looked). Obviously I’d complained enough to be taken seriously, and we decided to pull the mattress off the bed to make sure the washing machine wasn’t leaking, it’s in a cupboard at the head of the bed. Not the washing machine. What was sitting in a huge puddle of water however was the calorifier (the hot water system tank and workings – for the whole boat). We can’t find where the leak is. So for the time being all the joints have got disposable nappies under them for damage control. I’m wondering if it was because the boat was on shore power for so long. Shore power = lovely hot water. Maybe things expanded? Thoughts anyone?
So that was the end of boating for today. The next tunnel tomorrow is almost 3 miles long. I would have preferred to do it today, less time to think about it, however it will done tomorrow now. Lots of boats moving today – more than I’ve seen in a while.
Travel Stats: 28 July to 1 Dec
Average of 2.11 miles per day. Okay we didn’t do very well last year. The previous average was 2.42 miles per day – we’re getting slower!
Travel Stats: 2 Dec 2013 to March 20 2014 (I thought I’d just get it out there).
Maybe we can redeem ourselves between now and April – up the average a bit – unlikely. The yearly stats will be woeful.
Photos below of the floods on the River Severn – below the marina I was moored in.