We made Chester today but our timings were somewhat out. Ian estimated that 8 miles and 6 locks would take under 3 1/2 hours. Slightly out as he hadn't put in the equation the mile and a half of moored boats after bridge 114. It took nearly 40 minutes to arrive at the last one.
|Still no end after the bridge|
|Looking back, they stretched well beyond the bend to the bridge|
|Canoeists unaware of our approach|
|Talk about having a heart attack. It appeared right in front of us|
It was a chap on the bank that shouted at the lads to pull over and evasive manoeuvrers by Ian meant we missed the canoe by roughly a foot.
Then coming up to a fisherman with his pole right across the canal, we once more had to come to a stop as he suddenly hooked into something big, stretching the pole elastic as he tried to bring the fish toward the bank. Playing the fish for several minutes I was eager to see what it was. To his dismay the line snapped and the fish got away. If it had been me I would have been gutted, he just shrugged his shoulders and said "You win some, you lose some."
In the end, with every lock also having to be filled we eventually arrived in Chester by 1.30pm, a good 90 minutes longer than we had anticipated.
|Christleton lock and the first of the five before we stopped.|
|Chemistry lock and one more lock before we. moored by the centre|
And seen on the journey,
And the wildlife,
|Has it got young already? Looks like a tasty fly in it's beak|
|How wonderful for the householder to have a swan nest in their garden.|
|Colourful plumage on this Starling|
|First Moorhen chicks.|