|Glorious evening reflections
FS started up as normal thank goodness, so we got underway by 8.30 am. Destination Wheaton Aston for cheap diesel. First though it was negotiate the narrows. Here I stayed right on Icing's stern so any oncoming boats would have to wait.
Next was Autherley junction where we turned right onto the Shroppie.Everything was going according to plan, Dennis started his turn knowing the lock was with him as a boat had just left, I hovered mid stream waiting my turn and then watched in bewilderment as Icing suddenly revered out again. "Odd" thinks I until it twigged that another boater must have turned the lock around. A hire boat who's crew didn't think to check the junction before filling the lock. Dennis ended up facing in the wrong direction and I was beginning to wonder if he was heading home again! Anyway eventually the hirer's emerged, Dennis did the turn into the lock and I followed behind.
|Going in and
|Icing now facing towards us
Very noticeable was the lack of boats moored at Autherley. We nearly always have trouble getting through with the Napton hire boats but today was a doodle. We stopped for water, Dennis started the fill first and then we waited...and waited...and waited some more! A sign saying 30 minutes stopping time only (that had been and gone) and Dennis gave up with a far from full tank. We did no more than put enough water in the tank for our immediate needs deciding to use the tap at Wheaton Aston instead.
|Not a moored boat in sight
|The A5 Stretton Aqueduct
|Approaching Wheaton Aston lock. Dark skies beginning to loom up
So after a long day we finally stopped at Gnosall near the boat pub. A well deserved meal and pint later is on the cards, a much better idea than having to cook.
And on route,
|Not sure I agree with towpath shrines.
|Hundreds of fish at the outflow at Wheaton Aston.
|must get to the other side
|Hmmm, so how do I do that?
|Another time perhaps!