While we were moored last night we had a surprise visitor, Tom owner of NB Waiouru currently residing on NB Kelly-Louise. We had a great chat before he set off to find some friends on a hire boat on the Middlewich Branch. He obviously found them because he passed later on a hire boat.
Today was a busy day, down one lock and first stop was at Bob's at Venetian Marine to fill up with diesel. They were fine with self declaration too. After that I cycled for a bit with Ben the dog to the next lock. It was an incredibly bumpy ride so I put the bike back on the boat at the lock.
It's been pleasant cruising the Middlewich Branch as the weather has been so much better. Also there are not many other boats using this stretch of canal. Arriving in Middlewich there was plenty of room to moor. There's a few noisy dogs barking opposite the Visitor Moorings so that may be why it's so quiet. We moored up and headed for Tesco to get some food before we cruise up the Trent and Mersey Canal tomorrow towards Anderton. Last time we headed that way shops were few and far between.
We couldn't stop in Middlewich without fish and chips from the shop at King's Lock and yet again they were delicious!