Day 27 stuck in Middlewich

Monday, 28 April 2008

We had plans today to set off early and head for the Llangollen canal. On waking at 08.00 it was pouring with rain and therefore a lay in was required. It had brightened by 10.00 so off we went towards Middlewich for shopping. We then set off after lunch and were immediately advised by a boater walking back from the locks that a lock gate in the second lock had been damaged by a hire boat and that the BW team had been summoned. They arrived very quickly (infact 6 vehicles in all),they needed cutting and welding equipment as the boat had managed to bend a piece of 1/4 inch steel plate on the gate. It was all sorted by 18.30 ( thank you BW)by which time we had already decided to stay put for the night as I had an excellent 3G signal. Its now an early start tomorrow for the Llangollen canal rain permitting.

Total to Day 27 (28 April) we are about 5 days difference to my original rough plan which is not bad considering the weather and all our distractions.

Cappuccinos still 5 ,lift bridges 6, locks 98 and miles 202 (we only managed 1 lock and 5 miles today)

Our memorable events have now increased to 6 - the two new ones being;-

our down and up trip on the Anderton Boat Lift yesterday with Jeff and Sylvia. What a fantastic piece of engineering. The Victorians sure knew how to make bold statements with big bits of kit

and the damaged lock gate today which enabled all the stranded boaters to get together to watch and natter( in fact it was a bit like the balcony of the sailing club when everybody had a better way of doing it!!!! great fun)