Monday, August 12, 2013

Queues, Aqueducts And Tunnels

The first queue of the day

Gwen's first time on a boat in a tunnel

Going over the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct
Today turned into a very long day as we wanted to get as close to Llangollen as we could. The first queue of the day was a hour long wait to get up the first lock. After that progress was so unbelievably slow as we followed a family on a Canaltime boat each having a go at steering and zigzagging along the canal hitting bridges and the bank on each side. They were unwilling to let us pass and insisted on going first through the tunnel, they stopped several times in the tunnel and then revved the boat making an incredible noise and smoking us out!! We've never had to stop behind a boat in a tunnel and ask the boat in front when they were going to move.After the tunnel they pulled over and said they were glad the tunnel was over. We were just glad to get past.
Our progress was much better after that and we crossed the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct following another slow boat, but at least they were able to steer. Gwen enjoyed her first trip across the aqueduct. We moored up just before the Lift Bridge near Llangollen, we'll do the final leg into Llangollen tomorrow. Tonight we have drips on the roof from the trees, much better than a bird scarer which began it's noise at 5.20 am this morning!

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