Tuesday, 27 July 2021

Rugeley

 We had a very nice meal down at the Wolseley Arms, with very good service. This morning I received an email from CRT to say work on Colwich Lock was complete well before the estimated 10am but we didn't get on our way until 10-30am. At Colwich Lock there was only one boat ahead who was entering the lock as we arrived, so no queue. It was a different story at Haywood lock where we were number four to go up. We carried on to Gt. Haywood Junction, were we turned left just to take a trip round Tixal Wide just to show our guests before winding to start our journey home. As we approached Haywood lock to go down a gentleman kindly drew the paddles for us as he walked by. We stopped just below the lock for lunch which happened to coincide with the first shower of the day.
Setting off again there was no one waiting at Colwich lock and a boat coming up was almost ready to leave the lock, so again no holdup. We carried on to Rugeley moored and just before bridge 65 at about quarter to five just as it started to rain and its been chucking it down ever since, so today we have been very lucky with the weather.
I must just say a big hello to the steerer of the Barry Howkins boat we met twice today who took the trouble to tell me he enjoys reading this blog.

Today's Journey 12 miles, 4 locks in 5¼ hours


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