Day : Friday
Date : 26 July 2019
Start : 0845
Finish : 1640 Hack Green
Well the new crew member has settled in well, we gave him a towel to sleep on near the bottom of Brian's bed and we didn't have a peep out of him all night.
This morning was quite a bit cooler, we set off before the boat ahead so had the first lock with us.
The canal was quite busy with boats coming towards us, which helped at both Church Minshull and Stanthorne locks. At Aqueduct Marina Bernadette called out she thought our paint job looked smart, thanks Bernadette.
We pulled over at Venetian Marina to get the toilet tank pumped out and were then assisted up the lock by two competent Volockies, Once at the top we filled with water and moved up to the visitor moorings. This was so we could go to the cafe at Venetian Marina for lunch. I don't know how they manage it for the price, two Boaters Breakfasts which included several cups of tea for £5 each.
After lunch it was up to Barbridge junction, the housing is coming on well, not sure what had happened but there were blue lights and police directing traffic. We carried on up the Shropshire Union canal and moored a short way before Hack Green locks and had our first BBQ of the year. Spot wasted no time in showing us that he had not forgotten how to swim, its a good job he is not to big and is easy to lift out.
14.5 Miles 3 Locks in 4 ¾ hours