|Blake Mere, Ellesemere|
Richard’s frustrating problem was been that on leaving Frankton Junction we picked up a slow hire boater and had to do 3.5 miles at a snail’s pace. Not that it really mattered as when we got to Lock 20 flyboat Saturn was stuck across the canal! It was very gusty and I guess one gust just caught her. Her crew managed to manhandle her into the lock but we still had a long wait as quite a queue had formed in front of us. While queuing a hire boat came up behind us and was about to go straight past until he realised that there was a queue. There was a loud bang as he hit us, the skipper yelled out “how do I make this thing go backwards”! Don’t the hire boat companies tell their hirers anything anymore??
Since I last went to Ellesmere a Tesco store has been built beside the basin – so of course I had to pay a visit! In one way it was good as we were in a hurry but it does mean that maybe people don’t go into the town any more. We will have a good look round on our return.
I’m going to have to have a rant about hire boaters here L However it’s not really their fault – it’s the hire companies. Not only did we have the incident with the chap who didn’t know where reverse was but the other boats in lock queue were all hire boaters doing their first lock. None of them had the faintest idea what they were doing and obviously hadn’t been told a thing - this was confirmed when we talked to them. I ended up doing all the work for 2 boats and Richard pulled over when he was through the lock and helped the boat behind us while I went up and set the next lock. Do the hire companies not worry about what happened to their boats?
We will go up the Montgomery on our way back
After the lock incidents I reckoned we needed a night out so we plodded on to the Poacher’s Pocket where we had an OK meal.
Muffin did his first tunnel today but he was more concerned that I wasn’t on board as I had walked through and yapped the whole way through. More tunnels tomorrow though and I hope he doesn’t suffer from vertigo as it’s the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct too!
14.41 miles2 locks
0 lift/swing bridges