Thursday, 4 October 2012

This is turning into a bit of a struggle LOL!

We left Aqueduct marina, Church Minshull on Monday afternoon & stopped the night at Kings Lock, in the morning she wouldn't start so waited until 9 am to find some easy start, then found the stop button was not returning, next night we stayed under the M6 at lock 57 on the T&M, early start and had many probs, engine started racing, throttle stopped working, crept along on tick over then racing again which caused the exhaust flexi to break and the water pump fell off!
So the marina had not done a great job of servicing it.
We struggled on bow-hauling both boats to lock 42 at Kidsgrove where Red Bull Services helped us out with bits to fix the exhaust. a great guy, very helpful.
We went to the Canal Tavern & the Blue Bell, where we met Brian off NB Alton, he agreed to drop of some coal at 7 o'clock next morning, he arrived with his good lady  Anne Marie.
At gone 2 o'clock we left to try to make the 3 o'clock deadline for the Harecastle tunnel, made it just, as did two other narrow boats, we waited for two others to come the other way, we followed the other two with no probs, but then the motor started to play up again, think the lift pump is dodgy, this caused us to run out of light in Stoke on Trent :0(
Early start in the morning, fingers crossed.