At the top of the locks there were so many moored boats that we couldn't even get onto the moorings for the services so Ray passed me the rubbish while we were still in the lock and I had to get onto Morgana in the lock and leave the top gate open. As we continued on our way the rain started so we found a nice mooring spot and stopped. I'm glad we did because within half an hour of stopping there was a hail storm.
This morning we made an early start with the sun shining, being a Saturday there were a few more boats on the move but we appeared to be the first boat that was going up through Blackburn Locks. The gates are very leaky and Morgana's prow got a good soaking, so much so in one lock that my tub of pansies got flooded and most were washed overboard!! We stopped at the top of the locks for me to go to Asda for a bit of a stock up, mainly cat food and fresh stuff. I sometimes feel that the cats eat better than we do.
The only place to moor securely in Blackburn was occupied so my plans to go to the city centre for a couple of non grocery bits were cancelled. We carried on through Blackburn and moored on the outskirts of Oswaldtwistle. We will probably take a day off tomorrow as both the Spanish Grand Prix and the final day of the Premiership season are of interest so a lazy day is in order.
Yesterday's journey 2.3 miles and 7 locks
Today's journey 13.5 miles and 6 locks
So far this year we have travelled 348.5 miles, 210 locks, 5 swing bridges, 1 lift bridge and 9 tunnels
In 2011 we travelled 461.4 miles, 444 locks, 3 swing bridges, 34 lift bridges and 15 tunnels
During 2010 we travelled 740.3 miles, 642 locks, 53 swing bridges, 4 lift bridges and 25 tunnels
Since Ray retired we have travelled 1550.2 miles, 1296 locks, 61 swing bridges, 39 lift bridges and 49 tunnels