Tuesday, 14 June 2011

On the way to Llangollen

It was really nice not to think about moving the car or where I was going to park. I feel as if I know this part of the Shropshire Union almost as well as I know the Grand Union around Watford.

We made a reasonable start, back to Nantwich (again!), had a quick chat with Dave as we passed his mooring, he has acquired a mooring up at Northwich so by the time we pass through again he will have moved on. Then it was onwards to Hurleston Junction and on to the Llangollen Canal. We were fairly lucky with the Hurleston locks, they weren't too busy but we did meet boats coming down at three of the four which made life easier.

After a brief stop to do the usual rubbish dump and take on water we carried on through the two Swanley locks and moored out in the countryside between there and Baddiley. It is a nice spot here with just the cows for company on the other side of the canal, very quiet.

After a vaguely Thai influenced dinner of pork with veggies, pineapple and coconut milk I decanted the strawberry vodka that has been sitting aging for the past four or five weeks. We had to sample it, of course. It has worked quite well.

Today's journey 10.5 miles and 8 locks

So far this year we have travelled 131.2 miles, 100 locks and 13 lift bridges

Since Ray retired we have travelled 869.6 miles, 745 locks, 55 swing bridges, 17 lift bridges and 25 tunnels.

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