Day : Sunday
Date : 28 July 2019
Start : 0945 hrs
Finish : 1700 Goldstone Wharf
Well its rained almost non stop since Friday night, we were hoping it would ease this morning but it just got worse. Just as we were about to set off a boat came passed so all the Adderley flight was against us, they had been empty earlier, but with Diana and young Brian setting ahead we soon reached the top. By now Brian and Diana were quite wet. We continued on towards Market Drayton when we came across a single cow on the towpath it was calling over to all the cattle in the field opposite and they were calling back
We stopped in Market Drayton firstly for Diana to do some shopping and the to fill with water. At this point the weather station indicated we had had 26mm of rain in the past 24 hours. As we set off one of the ribs snapped in my umbrella and its only about 30 years old but it still holds out OK. It keeps you surprisingly dry while steering.
As we approached Tyrley Locks a boat was just leaving the bottom chamber so that worked well, but by half way the sky's had opened and it was chucking it down. I did consider suggesting we moored at the top, but in the end we carried on to Goldstone Wharf where we were lucky enough to find a single spot long enough for us to get into.
7½ Miles 10 Locks in 4½ hours