July 4, 2011

Another hot day! Seems we should make the most of it because it won’t last. It was wonderful to wake up in the country in the sunshine. Alan was up on the air just after 6.00 (he says just after 5.00 but that’s GMT and some tricky dickery). We pottered and got underway around 10.00. On paper we had a 2 – 3 hour journey today but it felt longer with all the moored boats.

As it was indeed very hot it was rather refreshing to go through the Knighton and Grub Street cuttings. Between bridge 45 and the Knighton Wharf we met a convoy of boats travelling north just where there is a rock shelf that stretches almost to the centre of the canal so that made things tricky and it was a relief to get to the wider waters of Shebdon Embankment. We last came along here when the repair work to the breach was just being completed, now we couldn’t see where it had been as the off side bank was covered with undergrowth and wildflowers again.

After lunch at Norbury Junction I walked on towards Gnosall and encountered Ted from NB Innisfree, who we winter moored next to at Nantwich and met again this year at Great Haywood. He’s a lovely elderly gentleman, a WW II veteran and I gather a very popular member of the boating fraternity in this part of the world. He has written a book about his war time experiences that Alan and his Dad (a D Day veteran) really enjoyed.

Today we did 8.05 Miles

Statistics so far:-

2793.56 Miles, 1752 Locks, 177 Swing Bridges, 97 Lift Bridges, 50 Tunnels