In Chirk tunnel we had a boat coming toward us and I don't think he was very happy when we nudged his gunnel when passing. He had stopped but made use of his bow thruster as we pulled level which consequently pushed us into the side, we bounced off the wall and into him!
At Watford locks, we followed a boat down the flight. Behind us, two C&RT work boats also waiting to go down. Lock keeper gave us all the thumbs up so one by one we descended until suddenly we met a boat coming up. Good job the long pound was between us and it but although we could get passed, not sure how the work boats would fare. We left them trying to sort it all out.
|Pete our volunteer lockie|
On the Buckby flight we had company. A young couple on Canal Time hire boat asked if they could join us down the flight. More than happy to oblige until we were told the lady was 16 weeks pregnant. She wouldn't helm the boat so with her struggling to open and close the gates, Ian ended up doing twice the amount of work. But saying that a nicer couple one would wish to meet. We got on famously and even lent them our sea magnet when they dropped their mooring pin in the cut!
We eventually found another lovely rural mooring and with the sun shining it was perfect for a BBQ
And seen on route,
|So I wonder if this will eventually be joined to...|
|She looks to have only three but....|
|Woe betide anyone wanting to walk this bit of towpath.|