Sunday 16th August 2009
We had a leisurely start today and actually set off from Pelshall Common behind Brian and Brenda who have been 'tail end charlie' for this trip. There were still two more boats behind Harnser and Jannock and so we were not last. Brenda had the slow cooker on today with beef for us and lamb for Brian and Diana both cooking together. Todays route map shows why the Wyrley and Essington canal is known as the "Curly Wyrley". It is the subject of many tales of what people get wrapped around their propellers when traveling along it. Before long we had the engine slow right down and the usual burst of reverse and then into forwards again did not clear it so it was down the weedhatch to investigate. I pulled out a large waxed type waterproof sheet which had securely wrapped itself around the prop and shaft. Once on our way again we had no other trips down there until we arrived at Wolverhampton. It appears that some of our party took the wrong turning at Birchills junction and so we do not have a full complement of boats here. After a wonderful roast beef dinner we then went and tried the GWR public house which came highly recommended by our guides. A Holdens house with a great selection of beers that kept us amused for the rest of the evening.