We are now at the stage that we feel more than ready to set cruise speed for home and back to our marina; we left on March 14th intended to be out for about 3 weeks and cruise the 4 Counties Ring – apart from the section Aston Lock to Hardings Wood Junction, we haven’t been anywhere near it.
It appears that all of the reports on the television about the sunshine being more prevalent in the south were correct – we had reached Tarleton – south of the Ribble and it was very much warmer that the weather we had seen north of the Ribble – I am sure it must be even warmer further south – even in B
After a short walk around Tarleton and the obligatory visit to the supermarket and a very nice deli, we were back to the boat; Diane sorted out with Jim and Karen (nd Owd Nell) to move off and share the locks to the junction; we bid goodbye to Ruth and Peter – they are now in a position to fix the problems with their boat.
|wonderful sunny weather|
|still plenty of water down the bywashes|
|these guys were picking lettuce in the shade - thanks to this|
large cover attached to the sorting machine
Nothing exciting along the way – the double locks were, as usual, with heavy gates – there was boat movement each way and we were finally through Wigan Junction and able to relax a bit with the prospect of more plain cruising for a few days more.
In contrast to the bright sunny day on Friday, Saturday was sunny with cloud and a colder wind which called for more than just T-shirts.
|Plank Lane Swing (aka Lift) Bridge - in my book it says it |
is a swing bridge
|This large expanse of water next to the lift bridge is allocated to |
be a marina with shops and accomodation - maybe in the future
After we had moored a boat passed heading for the bridge - asking "Is there someone to operate for us or do we need to do it ourselves?" in a bit of a posh sort of voice - "Sorry mate, you have to do it yourself" - fluttering behind the boat was the New Zealand flag - must be here for the cricket.
23 miles, 15 locks, 1 lift bridge, 8 swing bridge
Totals: 1769 Miles, 1331 Locks, 56 Tunnels, 29