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May 17

Wow. Here I am in Middlewich, all cool and laid back… Met Nick again: he is on his boat on the Trent and Mersey at Stoke, and this is his old home town. He has a car, so journeyed up … Continue reading

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May 15

Well, today was an adventure of a different sort, albeit still on the canal and boating. I stayed overnight in the shadow of Beeston Castle (the ruins thereof). There was a quaint hotel/inn/pub mentioned in the guide book (my book … Continue reading

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May 13

I’ve toured north to Ellesmere Port, which is a really industrial,…port. Duh! You would think I would have clued-in from the name (though in Britain that could refer to anything over the last 2000 years…). In any case, that is … Continue reading

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May 10

Chester. This is a most remarkable place. I arrived after a gentle approach because of the rain and wind. Doing the broad locks singlehanded with a crosswind is really challenging- requiring lots of bump and grind along the way as … Continue reading

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May 8

I’m on the move again! Headed north on the Shropshire Union Canal main line, I’m bound for Chester and Ellesmere Port. The canal changes just north of Nantwich, back to a broad canal. Good for maneuvering (not the single lane … Continue reading

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May 4

Well, Nicole has returned home, and I am back in Nantwich trying to finish some of the things that need doing but just didn’t get done before I headed north. I will be trying to hang my boat bell on … Continue reading

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May 2

Back to Nantwich area. We have finished our exploration of the Llangollen canal: all smooth except for a  45 min wait before the final 4 locks: dealing with rookies who are just learning boats, locks, etiquette, and general ‘getting along’. … Continue reading

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May 1

‘All’s well that ends well’ to quote some English guy. Shaft drilled, prop replaced and we are on the move. Toured back along the canal in sometimes torrential, sometimes just misty rain. The great weather just didn’t last, but we … Continue reading

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April 30

And we bid farewell to Wales after a great tour of Chirk Castle. However, the day was not without a little drama… Last night, I thought I had a fortunate coincidence: Chirk has a lightweight ring of 6 and they … Continue reading

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April 28

Llangollen, Wales Wow. We journeyed from Chirk, over the Chirk aquaduct, which is alongside the railway viaduct. Very impressive tall arched masonry. Gorgeous setting, then immediately into a tunnel. The canal is now very different- either perched on the side … Continue reading

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