We expected to wake to pouring rain this morning, as per the forecast and were fully prepared to remain where we were all day – but it proved to be not too bad, still cloudy and dull, but not too windy. We decided to make a run for it, and at least get the two locks at New Marton out of the way, and then see how we felt.
We decided to continue on a little bit, and the wind got stronger and stronger, but seemed to be coming in gusts – every time we thought we’d stop, the wind dropped. So we went for it – the first of the aqueducts – Chirk.
Just the stone edge between the boat and open air – seemed like we were flying
Chirk tunnel proved tricky as the flow of water against us kept pulling the boat onto the left hand wall – and it was hard to see down to the waterline – not helped by the boat at the other end shining his tunnel light straight in our eyes all the way through.
We are now moored just short of Froncysyllte, with tomorrows challenge ahead of us – we took a walk up the towpath a little way for a glimpse of the Pontcysyllte Aquaduct
This is yesterday’s blog – we had no signal to post it last night – today’s will be written tomorrow
8 miles, 2 locks and 1 big aqueduct!