We left Hanbury Wharf early on Friday morning with the intention of getting ourselves to the top of the Tardebigge flight. That would be 42 locks away - were we mad? We had made a bit of a pigs ear of the trip planning but one learns.. Anyway, off we go first stop Stoke Works and a water tap. There are six locks to get through, a water tank to fill and rumours that there is a shop at hand for those essential supplies.
Nb. Khayamanzi, Andy Edward's former boat. Looks OK Andy.
Caxton passing through Stoke Wharf - the large Black Prince hire boat fleet being prepared for their new crews.
Water tank filled, shop located and essentials purchased - though not fresh veg or fruit as the local store only had three dried carrots and some yellowing cabbage - we were off to find the next half a dozen locks.
Caxton entering the second of the Stoke Locks
It took us three and a half hours to 'do' the flight by which time Floyd was demanding to be carried or left to sleep on the towpath, Fletcher had climbed back aboard Caxton and I aware of a bunch of muscles that I didn't know I had.
The last lock
Next morning we were up and on the service point at Tardebigge before anyone else had stirred. Once serviced we pulled off and made our way through the Tardebigge tunnel. I stayed aboard getting off with the dogs once we were through the tunnel.
Moored at Hopwood in time for the qualifying session of the formula 1 on Saturday.