Yesterday's internet, almost non-existent especially after 3.30pm. I have a theory about that. Kids arrive home from school, get on the computer for face book messaging, twitter, game playing and maybe a spot of homework and with the high usage, bang goes the signal. So now for a catch-up.
Thursday 7th Sept
Gosh, Ellesmere was busy. Boat after boat turned up last night mostly hire boats. So glad we got moored when we did. Had a visit from old friends Alan and Judith and members of the ECP&DA Boating had been their passion for years but the time had come to sell the boat and with few items surplus to requirements, they donated to the society the keys for the Middle levels, EA and Anglian water, plus the windlass needed for the lock operation. Lovely to catch up with the news and remembering tales of when we were all in Lancaster together. It's a motor home for them now so we may well see them at our Festival next year.
Because of the amount of hire boats arriving last night, we set off early for the facilities. Good job too as several boats turned up and with three hoses all attached to three different taps filling the tanks, the pressure dropped and the fill took forever. In fact, we gave up, deciding to fill at New Marton locks instead.
Again we met boats at bridge 'oles. One ended in a collision as the hirer reversed and then put on the power. The result, a side on thwack. Just one of those things that we have to accept. All part of the fun of boating.
|The boat that hit us.|
You would think that now the school holidays were over there would be less traffic on the canals. Not so as the locks were extremely busy. Apart from us, Icing and one other private boat it was all hirers waiting.
The upper part of the canal to Trevor has those very narrow concrete channels that are a pain. Not only did we struggle to move against the flow but with moored boats leaving only enough room for a boat width, the only way to allow boat passage was to pull over and wait.
|A bit of a bottle neck|
I walked Chirk aqueduct, the tunnel and Whitehouse tunnel. Not because of the mishap I had yesterday but wanted to take photos. Those tunnels are dark and at times, even with the headlights of the boat, I struggled to see the hand rail. At Whitehouse tunnel, I honestly thought a boat had tried to enter from the far end (two boats can not pass in these tunnels) and had a moment of panic and all ready to tell Ian to stop but then sudden realisation. It was a chap pushing a bike with the bike's headlight on coming toward me. No room either for people to pass so I had to
|Upper left and lower right. The small dot of light I thought was another boat but was a cyclist..|
And seen on route,
|Lion Key moorings|
|And I never knew that. May well use the pontoons now we know it's free.|
|Chirk aqueduct tunnel end.|