Friday, 1 October 2010

September Cruise - Day 15

Rain overnight, and it was still raining when we made the short journey from our mooring to the basin at Norbury.  I spun the boat and backed onto the wharf, and the car was soon packed and we were off.

First stop was Nantwich Canal Centre again, where I had one last thing to pick up from Bill.  While we were there, we had a look at several of the brokerage boats, to see what you can get for your money at the moment.  Then we had tea and cake in the cafe before hitting the road.

The weather on the way home was horrendous, with heavy rain and spray making the motorway driving very difficult.  We decided to break the journey by stopping at the Hatton Locks Cafe near Warwick for lunch, as it's not far off the M40.  There were a couple of boats nearing the top of the Hatton flight, all crew members looking soaked and miserable.

Being Friday afternoon, the traffic was heavy all the way home, and we didn't get in until nearly 5pm.

It's been a great holiday.  Just going to Llangollen and back felt much less ambitious than last year's three-week voyage.  But it was good to retrace steps from (we calculated) 13 years ago.  And we've discovered that it's actually quite nice to moor up at lunchtime, go and explore, and decide to stay put for the night.  But the highlight has to be the Montgomery Canal.  The weather was fantastic, the scenery superb, and the feeling of being on a secret waterway, a complete contrast from the Llangollen, made it feel extra special.

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