Thursday, 2 June 2011

The beautiful City of Chester

Yesterday ended up being a lazy day. We visited the market in the morning, excellent value on meat, fruit and veg. Unfortunately I had stocked up well before we left Nantwich but if the timing is right we might visit again on the return trip. After that we had a lazy afternoon, we decided not to move on as the weather looked as if it could change any moment. As it turned out it didn't rain but never mind. The cats enjoyed another day of freedom, they will probable not get an opportunity to run free for the next couple of days.

Today we moved on to Chester, after a few months of narrow locks I had forgotten just how heavy the lock gates on broad locks can be. We did meet up with a few people so I didn't have to do all the work on my own which was good. Apart from that it was an easy day's cruising, a bit slow at times as there are lots of moored boats on this stretch. We moored up only a short distance from the cathedral and are ready for a touristy day of sight seeing tomorrow. We did take a stroll through the city last night before dinner just to get our bearings.

Today's journey 10.8 miles and 8 locks.

This year we have travelled 78 miles and 76 locks.

Since Ray retired we have travelled 816.4 miles, 718 locks, 55 swing bridges, 17 lift bridges and 25 tunnels.

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