Friday, 23 July 2010

Escape from Manchester

We eventually escaped from Manchester yesterday, the weather did it's best to live up to Machester's reputation for rain. After a couple of day's of lousy weather we decided to make a break for freedom on Thursday lunchtime.

We left first, stopping off at the sanitary station for the usual loo emptying, water top-up and rubbish dumping and headed back to the junction with the main branch of the Bridgewater Canal to turn south through Sale and out into the country. By the time they had emptied (loo and rubbish) and filled (water) both boats Kathy and Chris were about an hour behind us, they then stopped off for shopping. By the time they reached us we had been moored for about three hours, I was beginning to think they had decided to moor up and catch up this morning.

After spending the night just outside Bolliington we moved on to Lymm today. Both days were very uneventful but there are a lot more boats, both moored up and travelling, than we have seen for a long time. It is becoming harder to find places for all of us to moor together, particularly where there aren't other boats.
Today was the first time in ages that we have sat outside in the evening.

We plan to stay here for the weekend, Ray and I intend to go into Warrington to Ikea tomorrow and Kathy is expecting visitors.

Yesterday's journey  10.7 miles.

Today's journey  2.1 miles.

So far we have travelled  450.1 miles, 446 locks, 53 swing bridges, 4 lift bridges and 11 tunnels.

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