The life of a boater is not governed by the weather, despite how bad it can be; nor is it presupposed by the location of the next pub (that is with the exception of people only out for a week or two); nor is it controlled by unexpected stoppages – the things that affect us more than anything else are – where is the next pumpout (or elsan); the next water point; and the next diesel location.
Whilst we have had more than enough water points and place to get rid of the contents of the
Our preparations in making the trip across the Ribble were a little bit rushed and we didn’t fill the diesel tank and the spare fuel cans and so we reached the point where it was of concern to one of the crew.
With a half-full tank I was not in any worry that we would easily make it to the end of the canal at Tewitfield and then back to the Moons Bridge Marina (a total of about 40 miles from our location) – the other half was a bit worried and was thinking of little else.
We set off from Lancaster on Wednesday in some drizzling rain; we were ready to move – well the
Just a short cruise up to Morecombe and then onto Hest Bank – this is the closest that the canal actually comes to the seaside and the mooring were reputedly quite good – we were now comfortable in mooring up with our stern a little away from the side – in this instance we simply used the plank again.
The view afforded us a chance to see the bay from the dinette.
We set off after lunch to explore the seaside and wandered into Morecombe – I say wandered but it was almost a military rout march – 3 miles in total (one way) – of course there was the little subject of the 3 miles back again.
|looking towards Morecombe|
|and back in the other direction|
|not so sure about the dress code for this church|
|the rains are coming|
|I know the one on the right but who is the ring-in on the left|
Thursday was a chance to have a slightly shorter walk – just 3 mile round trip to the
|Happy Mount Park|
|looking across Morecombe - though at this time of the day|
it was more like Morecombe mud flats
|across the bay whilst we cruise through Bolton-le-Sands|
Firstly though there was shopping to be done.
We were in two minds after that – right next to the pub was a petrol station, an answer to our diesel situation (even at a slightly higher price) and just a little walk away was an equipment hire place that sold red diesel at a much better price – we decided on the latter and we purchased 40 litres and the lady of the boat was feeling much better indeed.
So we will settle here for another day or so and continue to take it easy – tomorrow, who knows what will bring – rain we suspect and also according to the reports.
8 miles, 1 swing bridge
Totals: 1689 Miles, 1294 Locks, 56 Tunnels, 28