We made it all the way from Nantwich to Hack Green Monday afternoon. It is quite nice cruising into the early evening. We moored just above the locks and had a fine evening aboard. It was quite the most tranquil evening I have had on board. The countryside enveloped us as dusk drew in. The fishing was great and I caught a new species for me... eel. A really dramatic fish that fights much more than its slim profile would suggest. It was so still that a hot air balloon rose just a couple of fields away from us.
Sorry no pictures as this area is not well served with 3g coverage from either Orange or Vodafone.
Tuesday saw us travel 3 miles and 4 locks to Audlum Now this is a lovely village spoilt by traffic. We opted for food made and served by others and had a really good experience/meal in the lord Combermere. It makes a change to find a pub that is expanding/developing rather than seeing the run down establishments that seems to sit on the canal nowadays.
No fishing last night as BW seem to not want fishing around the Audlem locks we moored between locks 11 and 12 and felt the Shroppie shelf for part of the evening depending on boats passing and the lock operation.
This morning we had a lazy start and opted to time our accent of the next 9 locks. We only had to empty one lock which helped as we are not 100% fit which is why we are taking the slow route back. We waitied for a boat coming down and took the empty lock and the 8am starters from the top of the flight provided an easy accent. We are now moored on the 48 hour Coxbank moorings which are nice and rural with the only noise coming from the RAF helicopter base somewhere west of us.
Options for this afternoon are cycle to Market Drayton for a tv ariel or geocache (fishing is compulsory today) as there seem to be quite a few local to us. We may do both as time is our friend today.
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