We woke to the sound of rain so weren't in to much of a hurry to get away this morning, also eating at the Badger Inn last night may have been a bit much on Diana's knee, so she had an extra lay in and breakfast in bed.
I pushed off about quarter past ten by which time there was only the slightest hint of drizzle in the air.
The boat ahead of us was not only running his engine, not sure when he started because he was a good way ahead but it was also in gear, this has an adverse effect on the banks as it will erode them even behind the piling.
I met a few boats before Diana had enjoyed a nice hot shower and appeared. One of the boats that caught our eye has lots of stainless steel on it, the owner also trades selling ice creams as well as metal work. Crowning it all was a bird that looks as if its made from silk.
We carried on to Wardle lock and locked down to the Trent and Mersey canal turning sharp left. As we passed Middlewich Narrowboats I called in and booked Harnser in for bottom blacking so we will be back in a couple of weeks time. A good run down the Middlewich locks meeting a boat at each one which saved work and water.
After a short stop for lunch it was down to Biglock where a boat was about to exit and yet another waiting below so more worked saved.
There was no one moored at Bramble Gardens, there never is when we don't want to stop. The broken Cross club have another working weekend organised for next month.
Since we left about 6 weeks ago a lot of work has taken place at the new Oakwood Marina in one of the flashes, I don't think I would want to be up to my neck lining up piles.
Before we knew where we were we had reached our marina, thankfully I didn't make a pigs ear of it as I was being closely watched. Once moored the solar panels were retrieved from the car and put out on the roof, we don't use them while cruising, just to maintain the batteries while the boat is left.
Today's Journey 10½ miles, 6 locks in 5 hours.
As we have been out for about 6 weeks I have included a map of all our travels.