Last nights sunset. Did this bode well for the morn?
We were very low on diesel, down to approx 15 per cent although we do carry a 20ltr can with red diesel just in case. Kings lock was about 9 miles away and it was here we topped up the tank on the way to Bunbury. and it was here we topped up again with not quite the same experience as before.
A mostly dry trip to Middlewich, in fact, it was a pleasure to see the sun, but oh, it was so low on the horizon to make seeing ahead difficult. And what with the glare from the water and our wet solar panels...I was very glad of my polarized sunglasses and my Aussie Jessie hat..(the same hat as cowgirl Jess wore in Toy story)
Jet ski on the canal? Well, that's a first!
Big Lock was full, surprising as a boat had gone past saying the lock would be ready for us. Never mind we assumed a boater had not long left a mooring and we just missed locking up with him.
The next two single locks had volunteers on duty which got us up very quickly. Unfortunately the third lock (the one with the nasty turn into it, didn't and had a boat descending. Knowing what a pig that turn would be, especially when another boat was to do the turn as well, I ignored the advice from the volunteer who told me to stay in the lock until that other boat had exited and moved out to nestle onto the right side by the bollards. The descending boat then had a clear passage to do the turn and as I moved slowly forward they entered the lock. My turn was somewhat erratic but I managed to get FS in without hitting the side.
|Ist two locks with volunteers|
|As you can see I have completely blocked off the approach to the lock and any descending boats would also have to wait.|
|This shows the difficulty in trying to get a hose over two boats without help and the spillage on the hull before I wiped it off.|
4 more locks to do today before mooring. Lock 69 had a problem and one that needs addressing. A boater passing FS mentioned the problem. It seems that the top gate rubbing plate by the cill had disappeared leaving the huge metal brackets exposed. Any boat sitting forward on the ascent would no doubt catch these angle brackets and do some damage to their boat.
|You cant really see it from this photo but looking from the top the brackets were sticking out quite a way.|
|This is what the top gate should look like|
Just as we were about to moor the rain came in torrents. Never has the cladding pins been put in and ropes secured so fast. The fire was lit pretty quick and coats hung nearby to dry out. Tomorrow another Rugby match for Ian to watch. Scotland v Russia one that Scotland has to score 4 tries and must win, or so Ian tells me. Why I have no idea!
|And yet another Kingfisher. Lovely to see how well they are doing.|