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In 1977 we hired our first narrowboat from Anglo Welsh at Market Harborough.From that moment our destiny was set. In 2006 we finally purchased our own brand new 57' narrowboat which we named 'Free Spirit'. Our aim is to travel the length and breadth of all the navigable rivers and canals of the UK. This will be our story as it unfolds.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Who needs a gym to have a good work out.

Monday 27th

Somehow I wish Ian hadn't mentioned it! He does a boat log every day and for some reason decided to see how many locks and bridges there were to swing or raise on the Leeds and Liverpool and total the amount of those bridges before arriving back at Langley Mill in August. 76 in all with 58 just to Leeds. What with another 97 locks to do before arriving at Clarence dock, looks like our fitness regime has just got even more strenuous.

Today we did 7 of those swing bridges, four with Nb East Wind.  At bridge 20, Coxhead swing bridge, there was an issue with it's computer which made operating the lights and barriers a problem. Fully expecting a delay we were surprised when one of the contractors asked us just to wait for 5 minutes while he sorted out another little problem. No idea what he did but the lights flashed, barriers closed and bridge opened. Should be up and running again by today (so we were told)

Coxhead swing bridge.

East Winds left us at Ship Inn, Haskayne so the rest of the bridges were down to us alone. Got to Burscough late afternoon and stopped before the bridge and facilities. Have decided to get away early tomorrow as heavy rain is forecast from midday and we need Diesel and Gas from Derek on  Ambush the diesel boat. Derek is at Crooke at the moment but due to leave for his rounds by the weekend.  Not sure what his prices are now 'cos he mentioned a rise in the price and that was before Brexit!

Not a lot seen today. Just this Buzzard.

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