Saturday, 16 May 2009

Pushing On

7 locks 4 Miles. Now moored at Barlaston.
Railway Memorabilia in the garden of Roger Fuller (Boat Builder)
Trent & Mersey Canal May 2009. This one came from Totnes in Devon.

What with the usual traffic and pub noises associated within a town we didn’t get to sleep until late and were then disturbed by the sound of heavy rain overnight. Needless to say we are both feeling a bit jaded this morning.

The rain had eased to showers and there appeared to be a break in the clouds so we headed off about 9am. We had just got into the first lock when the guy from Canal Cruising Co came along and asked us to wait before filling the lock as they were trying to get a boat out of one of the dry docks and they needed all the water they could get. After about 10 minutes he said we could carry on and he would go and let more water down from the next lock. By the time we pulled out of the lock they had just managed to extract the boat from the dry dock. Naturally because of CCC staff draining extra water the next pound was a bit shallow but we got through.

We struck lucky at most of the locks by meeting oncoming boats enabling us to just motor on and leave the gates open. Dot was also lucky in getting a good close up photo of a Heron that wasn’t camera shy.

Finally found a photogenic Heron to pose for us.

1622 locks, 3451½ miles, 59 Tunnels, 45 swing bridges and 39 lift bridges since Nov 2006

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