Sunday, 29 May 2011
Saturday, 28 May 2011
Friday, 27 May 2011
Wednesday, 25 May 2011
Today's the day. We will at last cross the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.
Tuesday, 24 May 2011
Saturday, 21 May 2011
Friday, 20 May 2011
Thursday, 19 May 2011
Wednesday, 18 May 2011
Monday, 16 May 2011
To get at the stuff I have to dismantle the bed and floor covering before I can get at the plywood main decking. Having done this I managed to remove a fair bit more of the heavy stuff. It's dry as a bone down there which is a bit of a relief because I keep thinking that it could be water causing us to be too deep. the result is a small reduction in our draught, and every little bit helps. Hopefully it will allow us to get up the Llangollen. Only time will tell.
Today we continued on to Nantwitch, a good sized town the main centre of which is about a mile from the embankment which carries the canal. there is a long staircase up from the road to the level of the canal. We will stay here tomorrow and visit the health centre to get more prescription medicines as well as doing a big provisioning at the supermarket before moving on to the Llangollen Canal on Wednesday.
Saturday, 14 May 2011
Thursday, 12 May 2011
Wednesday, 11 May 2011
Tuesday, 10 May 2011
Monday, 9 May 2011
Monday 9th May
On Saturday we turned onto the Shropshire Union Canal heading north towards its junction with the Llangollen Canal. We've learned from looking in the canal guide that we not be able to travel the whole length of the Llangollen because we may be too deep draughted. The recommended maximum draught to get to the end is 21 inches and we are 29 at our best (low on fuel) and more usually 31 or 32. We'll have to see when we get there.
We had hoped to get to Wheaton Aston in time to catch the garage open for its cheap fuel but we got there 5 minutes late so we moved on up and found a good mooring out in the country. I then carried out an engine oil change and fuel filter change. Pumped the bottom of the fuel tank to check for sludge, found some but not too much. That night there was a cracking good thunder storm to freshen things up a bit,
Sunday we stayed put and relaxed because the garage didn't open.
Today we got up fairly early and started back to Wheaton getting there about 8.30. Unusually there was no queue for the fuel pump so we were straight in and filling up. We took nearly 300 litres which should last us nearly 2 months I hope.
Turning around again we set off intending to reach Norbury Junction in time for lunch. The bright sunshine started to cloud over around 11.00 o'clock and a sharp storm blew up as we travelled across Shelmore Embankment. I had hoped to get some descent pictures of this because it is one of the great achievements of the canal age. A massive embankment to carry the canal through the countryside without following contours or needing locks. It took a huge effort in an age when there was no machinery and to be fair it has had its troubles with leaks and collapses over the years. No pictures though because all the work is hidden by trees.
We're now moored up at Norbury for the night.
PS There's just been a terrific thunder and hail storm.