Day : Thursday
Date : 25 July 2019
Start : 1500
Finish : 1900 Middlewich Breach
The M6 motorway road works were a real joy compared to 1½ hours on the Cambridge section of the A14. Needless to say when we reached the marina and started unpacking the car there were some loud claps of thunder and it started to rain, but only for a few minutes.
Once at the boat we made ready and were away at 1500 hr heading towards Middlewich. We have an extra two crew members this week, my grandson Brian and his spaniel, Spot, who has never been on a boat before. Latest News, Spot can swim.
We met a steady stream of boats on our way to Middlewich and when we got to Big lock one boat was just going into the lock one at the waterpoint and one just behind it so I started heading for the lock, only to be by the back boat there was a queue, so I suggested then maybe he should get going as they were about to close the lock gates. We in turn shared with the hire boat who had been getting the water. I am surprised that the lease for The Bi Lock pub is up for sale again so soon, I would have thought it was quite a good business, and not just in the summer months.
The hire boat was well crewed and we helped each other up the three locks, my Grandson setting ahead and them back setting. The second pound was so low I couldn't clear the cill so a bit of water needed letting down. We turned right up Wardle lock but had to wait for a boat that had come down to wind and was going back up. We moored for the night in the new concrete channel they built when they repaired the breach last year. We were well in the silt once we were alongside, but the pound looks to be down by about 100mm.
Since we have been moored up we have had another couple of very heavy shows, but they are not clearing the air much.
6½ Miles Locks 5in 4 hours