Going to turn around in the mooring basin
This morning we filled up with water, unhooked the electric, lifted the fenders, started the engine and finally untied the ropes- we were on our way. I walked with Ben up towards the mooring basin to make sure there wasn't a boat coming through the narrow section. All clear so Eric went up there to turn around so we were pointing in the right direction to leave Llangollen and begin cruising again.
There are two more narrow sections of canal with one way cruising only so Ben and I walked ahead to the end of the first narrow section to stop any boats going in it once were in that section. Maggie from NB Blue Diamond was walking too, as they were following us with NB Shush following them. The towpath was dire with thick squelchy mud so it was difficult to walk and Ben got so filthy he had to have a wash. he wasn't too keen on putting his feet in a bowl of warm water. He's more used to a wash with a hose pipe!
We managed to get through the narrow sections without having to wait and very soon we were at Trevor turning right to go over the Pontycysyllte Aqueduct. We only had one lift bridge to go through which was already opened by a boat in front and the three boats passed through leaving Eiddwen with the job of lowering the bridge which meant using a windlass to wind it down- hard going after a winter rest. Shortly afterwards we pulled over near Chirk Marina with the NB Shush and NB Blue Diamond passing by as they wanted to go a bit further before they moored up.
After lunch Ben and I went for a short walk along the towpath which had a few very muddy sections before returning to the boat. I had to wash his feet and legs again - they were so muddy!