|Straight into the first lock in the rain.|
|Much of the day was spent like this.|
|We switch the order of the boats for the last two locks - still raining!|
After the first two there is maybe a mile to the next, so the decision is do we stick together, or do I go ahead alone with "Sickle", and see if I can progress without the others until "Chalice" arrives. I did, and it was a good decision, as I was right through the lock, and able to set it up for them before they appeared, although I have to say I am wary of working alone in such wet conditions. "Sickle's" tug deck, and many of the stone sided locks are very slippery.
|Approaching Great Haywood the sun finally breaks through.|
We stopped at the popular visitor moorings in Rugeley, and I was completely thrown when a young lady greeted me with much familiarity, but I initially completely failed to recognise her as a friend - my excuse is that it was somewhere completely out of normal context, and she was also dressed up against the weather, (sorry Louise!)). Cath and David visited the huge new supermarket that has only recently been built there, and avoiding yesterdays mistake of not taking adequate breaks we hung on for lunch. As we tried to leave in the very restricted space a flow of boats coming the other way made life quite difficult, although if the lady on the moored boat who released a completely unprompted tirade of abuse is reading this, I really do have no idea what was rattling your cage, because nobody actually did anything that should have upset you!
|Tixall Wide - total tranquility!|
Fradley Junction to Tixall Wide
Miles: 14.0 (Chalice), 14.0 (Sickle), Locks: 10
Total Miles: 153.3, Locks: 65