Sunday, May 24, 2009

First Blog of the 2009 Cruise

Miles 18.8 Locks 12. Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 May 2009

Two days in one as we only travelled four and a half miles to Whiteley Green on Saturday. All the locks and most of the miles have been done today in blazing sunshine. There was an informal gathering at Whitely Green over the weekend and we had decided to use it as the springboard for our trip to Gloucester and Sharpness. The evening BBQ was great as was the chat in the marquee later. We set off at about 9.30 this morning and made our way through Macclesfield to Bosley Locks, where we took on water and did a pump-out. Just before the Astra Zeneca site at Macclesfield we spotted a Vixen and her cub in a nearby field.

Spot the Cub!

After Macclesfield the repairs to the retaining wall are coming on - over a year after the original collapse

The trip down Bosley locks was one of the fastest we have done, after the first two which we did all by ourselves the remaining 10 locks were easy with an ascending boat coming out of each lock below as we got to it. I had intended to stop at the bottom of Bosley Locks this evening but our swift passage down the locks meant that we were there by 3.30 pm so we went on to the Aqueduct just before Congleton where there are some good deep moorings and some pleasant views too.

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