We woke up to weather that was better than expected so we continued to make progress along the Trent and Mersey. Bread and milk were running low so it was either get to a shop or black coffee and start baking!
After our time on the quieter waters of the Leeds and Liverpool and the Huddersfield the T & M feels positively hectic! It does make life a bit easier when we keep meeting people coming in the opposite direction at locks but it does feel strange after our weeks of meeting one or two boats a day. Obviously the fact that it is now holiday season makes it busier too.
I started the day in my raincoat but although the skies were grey there was very little rain so I soon
discarded my coat as I was getting too warm.
We reached our intended target of Hassel Green without any problems and moored above lock 57. We thought it would be a good spot for the cats but unfortunately they decided to visit a neighbouring boat which wasn't appreciated by the owner. I don't think they did any harm but as he started muttering about a £600 bill if they scratched his cratch cover I though it was advisable to keep them in.
There is a very useful general store canalside at Lock 57, reasonable prices and a good selection. They also sell hot pies which I couldn't resist for lunch.
Today's journey 3.3 miles and 10 locks
So far this year we have travelled 518.4 miles, 411 locks, 49 swing bridges, 7 lift bridges and 18 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 1720.1 miles 1497 locks, 105 swing bridges, 45 lift bridges and 58 tunnels