Monday, 15 July 2019

Macclesfield -> Rode Heath 15/5/2019

Engine hours start: 507.4 end: 514.8 = 7.5 hours

Miles:12 Locks:13  Lock miles: 25

A glorious eveing at last yesterday and we woke to solid blue sky!

Final failure of waterpump yesterday so early start and cracking on to Red Bull for a shower and shopping. 7 lites of bottled water on board so basics OK. 

Passed Congleton at 09:00: only place to moor morr is a 2 day stretch between bridges 75 and 76. Also very handy for railway station if further travel required. Possibly not overnight though - better by aqueduct / bridge 73.

Paused for shopping and lunch at Red Bull aqueduct where the Macclesfield crosses the Trent and Mersey. First, a short walk to Tesco then lunch : then Alison walked down to Red Bull services for a proper shower while Andrew single-handed down to the locks. In the event Alison was in time to close the gates of the first lock.
It being beautifully warm, Andrew then suggested doing the locks onwards (the next 11 as it tuned out...).
Rewarded by a top mooring directly opposite the Broughton Arms.

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