Sunday, August 21, 2016

It's Raining In Llangollen

I shouldn't have said I didn't mind the rain because Saturday was a very wet and windy day. Queues at New Marton Locks meant a long wait as some of  the  new hire boaters were unsure at the first locks they'd met. I went up to help and was asked if I was the lock keeper. The wind didn't help as boating in wind is never easy.

Finally through the locks and on our way  stopping near Chirk Marina where we knew we could get a satellite signal. The railway line is close but it's not a busy line. Lots of boats on the move, met at bridge holes and blind corners but no contact was made. No wait to cross the Chirk Aqueduct and at least it wasn't raining in the tunnel!

This morning the weather looked better, a few brief showers later but a much better day. We topped up with water before we crossed the aqueduct.  No wait at the Pontycysyllte Aqueduct, and we had our picture taken many times by the visitors walking across. The left turn towards Llangollen was held up by a long boat having trouble getting round. The cruise to Llangollen was very slow and we struggled as the water level was about nine inches down. The trip boat from Llangollen was finding it slow going too and he normally keeps a good pace.

I walked ahead to check for oncoming boats before the moorings, nothing coming but I had to walk about a  bit to get a phone signal to tell Eric he could come through the narrows. Finally moored up and plugged in.....time to relax once I'd paid the mooring fee.  The horse drawn boats couldn't work today as they were getting stuck with the water level problem.

We left Ben the dog for an hour while we ate out at Fouzi's, sampling their roast of the day which was delicious. He usually has a bark so we hope he didn't annoy the neighbours. Back on the boat, it's now hammering down with rain but at least we're inside, nice and dry. Hopefully the water level will go up with all this rain.

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