Sunday, September 25, 2016

Weekend Cruising From Tixall to Gailey

NB Bendigedig on Tixall Wide

After a quiet night at Tixall Wide we were up and away in the morning just as far as Radford Bank. There's an Aldi nearby and we needed some fresh stuff. We only had four slices of bread and just enough milk for a few cups of tea. Before we left some lads were fishing between the boats. Ben and walked up to the lock at Tixall, nothing's changed the bottom gates still  swing open as soon as you've shut them. Eric held them shut with the boat until I could get the top paddles raised. 

Just an hour or so to Radford Bank and room to moor too. We popped in for a carvery meal later which was nothing special but it filled an empty tum. Enjoy enjoyed his pint. We weren't long as Ben howls. Later the very heavy rain hammered on the roof for hours which didn't help me trying to get to sleep. Ear plugs again.  Ben didn't settle until the rain eased off but  Eric slept through it!

Up in the morning  and on our way again. Ben and I walked to Deptmore Lock while Eric steered the boat. A boat was coming out so we got through the deep lock quite quickly. In fact we had locks ready for us all the way to Penkridge, where we just dropped off the rubbish and emptied a cassette as we couldn't get on the waterpoint as it was already occupied. No room to moor either so we continued on our way.

Plenty of locks and a few heavy showers left us rather wet but we  moored above Bogg's Lock all on our own and finally away from the noise of the M6 which accompanies this canal for miles.  I do like peace and quiet!

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