Day 38 now at Trevor

Friday, 9 May 2008

Totals to Day 38 are now;-

Memorable events 8 - latest two being our first trip with BB over the Pontcysyllte and Chirk Aqueducts
Cappuccinos 7 - 2 new ones being Cafe at Bridge 29 Grindley Brook and Coco's in Ellesmere
Lift bridges 14, locks 126 and miles now 255

The weather at last is truly spring like with warm, sunny days although this morning Friday it did rain for 3 hours on the way but at least I only had 3 layers on.

The scenery is stunning and the first aqueduct at Chirk is fantastic especially with the Shrewsbury - Chester viaduct next to it which surely adds to the magnificent impact of them both.

We met Ellen and Mike just before the big one and they came across and spent the afternoon with us. I used to work with Ellen at Hume Pipe in Camberley some 20 years ago, it was a very good day especially as it had stopped raining and the sun came out.

Going across the Pontcysyllte aqueduct completed in 1805,its over a 1000ft long and 127ft above the River Dee, one of Thomas Telfords greatest achievements. Mike is on the towpath side and we have picked up some hitch hikers who we had started to talk to as we came onto it. They are members 0f New Zealand Rotary District 9910 on a study exchange with 1180 North Wales. They really enjoyed the ride but thought it would make a good bungee jump - I pointed out that Mr Telford would not think it appropriate

The starter for the main aqueduct is the one at Chirk as shown above, which is stone compared to the iron trough of Pontcysyllte. The little dot in the middle is Anne making her way slowly across.