Sunday, October 28, 2012

Welcome To Wales

Chirk Aqueduct

Chirk Tunnel
On  Saturday we had a long cruise finally stopping at Sun Trevor, a rather noisy spot but we didn't think there would be any room at the Lift Bridge moorings......but that's the end of the story.

Progress was incredibly slow with leaves fouling the prop making it hard to get across Chirk Aqueduct with the 'Welcome to Wales', you could have walked across faster! Chirk Tunnel was even slower with the flow of water in the tunnel slowing us even more. But we got through eventually. At Whitehouse Tunnel the boat behind us resorted to pulling his boat to help the engine, it was deep drafted too which didn't help.
Near Whitehouse Tunnel we passed NB Blue Diamond with Maggie and Bernie on board and continued slowly on our way. One more lift bridge to do at Froncysyllte then the a slow cruise to the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. We waited for the Llangollen Trip boat to cross and then it was our turn. Crossing wasn't too bad as the wind was in front of us, sometimes a side wind pins you to the side of the metal trough which makes crossing even slower.
At Trevor Eric reversed in alongside a boat to fill up with diesel at Anglowesh, loads of their hire boats ready to's going to be busy in Llangollen. The final stretch from Trevor to Llangollen is always slow but we finally made it to Sun Trevor and used the space left by a boat leaving. Richard off NB Cartref came out to help us moor us and say hello.
On Sunday Ben and I went for a walk into Llangollen to get a paper, and see if there was any room at the Lift Bridge moorings. Walking back to Sun Trevor we met Maggie closely followed by Bernie on NB Blue Diamond going to moor near the Lift Bridge . I rang Eric and he started off through the first set of narrows once no other boats were coming through.
So now we're all warm and cosy despite the wind and the rain outside and getting closer to our winter mooring spot.

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