Narrowboat Ezri – The 100 Miles Adventure – Two Down, One More To Go.

The Peak Forest complete, The Macclesfield complete. So this week we head on to the Trent and Mersey, well in fact without knowing it we have done a few furlongs already. 

You would think that links between the canals happened at junctions but the link for the Macclesfield and Trent and Mersey happens at what is called a stop lock a link between systems to prevent water leakage the odd thing is that it’s not really a lot it’s two gates and it drops you about six inches in total. So deep in a secluded area of the Macclesfield just after the last water point, there it is.

But I am jumping ahead, Having walked to Ezri checked water and oil levels it was a simple case of  starting her engine and undoing her ropes then pushing off. The first part of that went fine, check, count switch off, but when I came to the middle rope I found it was lose, no big deal is happened before. Well this time the chains were not even linked into the barrier, 

Pulling the chain out the water it became clear, why one of the rings had been undone and in fact missing. as if someone had unscrewed if the D clip and left it fall in the water and the ring sinking to bottom of the canal lost. I always tie Ezri at three points so she didn’t become adrift but it still very maddening, I plan to make more than one spare next time.

After finding out all this we had wait as three boat went past one narrowboat heading up the Macclesfield one heading down and a small canoe which made waves, real hard big waves, We let them head out of our way and set ourselves.

Having been down this bit of canal it was some what easy to work out were Ezri needed to be, but half way down we came across the canoe people again which even moving Ezri out of the way rocked her a lot, the rest of the trip was nicely done and simple and it was somewhat odd to stop for the lock, It was only when made to our end point did we find out it was link between the Macclesfield and the Trent and Mersey.

So as always thank you for reading and see yo next week for the blog post

Total Miles covered so far (Start point Bugsworth) =  38 miles 3 1/2 furlongs

Miles covered this trip =  1  miles  1 1/2 furlongs.

Places been/Stopped- Bugsworth, Strines Road Narrows, Carr Swing Bridge, Bancroft Bridge No 8, Higher Poynton Winding Hole, Braddocks Bridge No. 19, Lane Head Winding Hole, Clark’ Change Bridge, Leadbeater’s Bridge No 40, Royal Oak Swing Bridge No. 49, Locketts Bridge No. 53. River Dane Aqueduct (12 locks) Congleton Bridge No 61, Buglauton Cattle Aqueduct, Biddulph Valley Aqueduct, Kent Green Pipe Bridge Knowsley Lane Bridge No 95.


Bookends – Bookreview- 11.22.63 by Stephen King – Part Three – Living In Past – Chapter Eleven.

The following blog has Spoilers for the Stephen King Book 11. 22. 63 this your one and only warning.

STEPHEN KING -11.22.63

The day that changed the world. 

What if you could change it back ?
On November 22, 1963, Three shots rang out in Dallas,
President Kennedy died,and the world changed.
If you had the chance to change history, would you?

Would the consequesnces be worth it?

The Book So Far – Jake make the trip back in the 1950’s This time however he doesn’t change the timeline he keeps his head down and for several months does nothing but pretend to be the real estate man he once was. He takes time and works out where Dunning will be and one fateful night when Dunning is going to the graveyard to see his dead parents Jake shoots him dead and puts his body in a mausoleum, he write a letter to the gentleman helped him out before to tell him to go to the doctor’s and then drives out the Derby so good.

And now for the continuation (Unlike the other chapters so this is not split into numbered parts) five pages

As he drives Jake starts to think about Al Experiment with the girl that would end up in a wheelchair in the end he decides to take the same path and is the same cabin and wait there till October, Jake then finds that Cullum plays cribbage and after lot of Persuading Cullum teaches Jake how to play. When they have finished the game Cullum’s wife thinks that Jake has been sent by God and Jake does nothing to change that idea.

What I think – It’s the second time Jake has been called a angel, I just hope this time it’s sticks and that changes made a happy ones, So it’s very odd having such a short chapter but he does do two things it keeps the fact that Al set out to help somebody alive and shows what Jack does with his time hiding in the woods and the areas that I told him about so not to affect the timeline too much. I don’t know how much of the 1950s Jake will tell as about as we have got to get our way to 1963 but I suppose it will be fun finding out.

As always thank you for Reading, And I hope you can join me for the next chapters.

All The Right Words – The Hunt For Red October By Tom Clancy – Book – The Fifteen Day.

The blog following blog has spoilers for the Tom Clancy book The Hunt For Red October this your one and only warning.

Somewhere under the Atlantic, a Soviet sub commander has just made a fateful decision.

The Red October is heading west.
The Americans want her.
The Russians want her back
And the most incersdible chase in history is on…

Recap the fourteenth day – Two Russian speaking officers who will help Jack Ryan when he makes contact with the red october crash into the sea leaving a question mark or whether the mission can continue.So Jack has to pick a British officers can speak Russian,The USS pigeon in the Ethan Allen meet at the set location and Jack and office at Williams at transferred to the pigeon

The pigeon manages to dock with the red october and they begin to evacuate the crew members who wish to leave and return to Russia Ramuis and his officers remain a board but one of the crew members has secreted himself away between the reactor core and the bulkhead.

Back in the CIA headquarters the Americans are trying to pull up the Russian officer spy from the hospital he is in. As the American officers try to do exactly the same for the Russian officer of the Russian submarine they found.

The crew member of board the red october begins to threaten Jack Ryan and the remaining Russian officers but Rami a steps forward and shoots the gentleman.

As the red october removed itself from the area the Ethan Allen is blown to kingdom come.

THE FIFTEENTH DAY 17th DECEMBER pages 361- 388

Ocracoke Inlet
After 18 hours inside the Red October the three ships the Porgy, the dalles and the October itself through a moonless dark Sky make their way through to Ocracoke inlet as they make their way into the inlet the zodiac type rubber dinghy with an outboard motor zooms towards them and asks if they need anything to which Ryan replies they need a doctor.

The Dallas.
Mancuso gives the order for ten men including a medic to make their way to the Red October.

Cherry Point, North Carolina
Commander Ed Noyes is air lifted to the sea stallion

Pamlico Sound
The Dallas pulls next to the Red October, both the medical team and the captain Mancuso are giving permission to come aboard. Mancuso even brings sonar operator jones with him. He Bugayev and Captain Borodin talk about how they were able track the Red October and to get the ship to ship working again.
The zodiac then delivered food of the men, and a few minutes late Jones went back to the Dallas. Manion then ask Borodin if he can take the depth gauge from the October what reason he is not exactly sure.
Doctor Noyes is a little shocked to find out he’s being dropped to a russian submarine, Ryan explains the best he can and tells him about the gunshot wounds to the captain and William’s. Noyes goes to work.
Josie comes back with a video tape machine and the television as well as some food, After Jones fixtures up a sonar communication. Mancuso asks Borodin for permission to dive and is given it. But borodin begins to feel as if she’s lost control

The White House
Dr. Pelt is on the phone to the Russian ambassador and tells him that the USS pigeon and rescue the crewmen of the Red October, as it blew up because of the reactor problems but unfortunately was not able to rescue the officers the crew are now on their way directly to Washington.

The Pentagon
Skip Tyler is told that the plan has gone well, and if he wants he can become part of the navy again. Even with his missing leg. But turns them down.

The Red October
With crew working away at the controls of the Red October, Ryan finds a bottle of vodka takes mouthful and ends up sleeping on a bunk.

The Sea Cliff
The Sea Cliff was a small rugged research submarine used mainly for oceanographic tasks, its job is the help and locate what is left of the Red October on board the seacliffe is Russian captain Kaganovich he tells the crew that the submarine they find is not be touched and tells the the crew that it is an expiration vehicle not a missile boat, So the crew find out they are very annoyed with a captain and make a break straight for the surface without him being able to see much more.

The USS Austin
Captain Kaganovich is it able to signal to Moscow they have found the Red October

The Red October
Six hours later on the real red october Ryan wakes up to the end credits of the ET film, the Russians think that all children in the film behave like that in America free is there a term for it Mancuso explains that some do and some don’t.
Ryan asks the doctor how William’s is and is told he will make it, and so will Captain Ramius. The Doctor them asks what the real story is and Borodin tells him that they are all become American citizens.

Moscow
Narmonov and comrade general secretary Gorshkov are briefed about want has happened to the Red October but Gorshkov thinks its very clever piece of this information. So they begin a KGB investigation into the same as business along 2 lines one group will investigate information from the agent in Washington and the other will proceed in the assumption that the letter from a captain ramius was in fact fake.

What I think -So the plan worked the red October is now under the control of the Americans and a great Russian officers will become American citizens very shortly, deep in darkest Moscow the people who didn’t act or did act for the greater good of the political party are under investigation and Jack Ryan has been bounced about from boat to ship to plane to Submarine and now is semi drunk in the bottom of a bunk on the Red October, 

It’s not your usual spy story that’s for sure because most of the action is not focused on one character is spread around from the CIA to the KGB to the characters on the 3rd October and the Dallas in to Malvern by leaps from each point to British ships and two planes it’s quiet a read nice but only in small chunks, I wouldn’t spend days or weeks trying to read it all at once it is one chapter at a time so of a book. I think there are three more chapters left what exactly happens in these two chapters I’m not exactly am not sure but it will be fun finding out.

So that’s you lot for this week, and as always thank you for reading and I hope you can join me next week for the next chapter.


Narrowboat Ezri – The 100 Miles Adventure –  Third time Lucky

Even when I was getting wet week last week, even when I bailing out the water from the leak. I try and make things sound fun, as me and Ezri make our way around the canal network. But I don’t think with this one, the task for the day was simple one, turn around get some fuel and moor up back in the same place as I have a few days left here.

Things started out Easy, I turned Ezri’s key counted to 20 and her engine came kicking into life, we untied her ropes and Decided to leave the change as we were coming back to the morning, I worked out there was space a few feet head so we could use that to turn around in, I was able to come in and Dad got off rope in hand all we needed to do was move backwards Dad would then pull Ezri around I would then head to the fuel pump at the Marina.

Well first Ezri didn’t want to go backwards despite having about a foot of spare space behind her and when dad tried to push her back that didn’t work. We tried a second time only to get stuck and Ezri’s tiller arm smacking me in the stomach so there was nothing for it but to head up the network and find bigger space.

The second one we found was a lot wider so we tried again but once again Ezri didn’t want to go backwards despite my best efforts, and Dad holding her front rope telling me which way to move Ezri’s tiller but it didn’t work I got a second whack for my trouble and Ezri started making odd sounds. Which is never a good sign so the there was nothing for it but to go deeper.

Now by this point I was in a little of pain and Dad was getting tried of walking and pulling, So right in the center of the bend we tried again slowly and only just making it this time,facing the right way heading back to the Marina Dad got on and off we went Ezri was not happy one bit. She kept fighting me, it was if I was running thought sand we did make it to the Marina and got some fuel want we got in total I can’t really remember as I was still too focused on the fact that he was being a bit of a pain in the backside.

I thought that after all that messing about was over when headed out but no, Ezri had one last trick to keep us on our toes she decided to almost hit the boat to her left as we came down the canal back to the mooring and then overshoot the mooring place and we had to drag back quite a few feet. Not only that but the mooring chains for decided to lodge themselves within the steel work of the barrier.

We move again on Friday I just Ezri is a better frame of mind, as I don’t want have start fighting her again.

Bookends – Bookreview- 11.22.63 by Stephen King – Part Three – Living In Past – Chapter Ten.

The following blog has spoilers of the Stephen King Book 11. 22. 63 this your one and only warning.

STEPHEN KING -11.22.63

The day that changed the world. 

What if you could change it back ?
On November 22, 1963, Three shots rang out in Dallas,
President Kennedy died,and the world changed.
If you had the chance to change history, would you?

Would the consequesnces be worth it?

The Book So Far – Jake returns to 2011 to find out that out is still there just as the same as he left, And they both try and find out what happened to Harry but I’m not able to see him on the custodial pictures of the high school Jake later finds out with all the changes that have been made to Harry’s life they didn’t work out very well in that Harry died fighting in Vietnam he, finds this out by talking to Harry’s sister, Extremely upset Jake manages to pull himself back together to go and see Al one last time before he steps though the hole again, but Al has taken sleeping pills to end his pain so Jake has no other option but to go in once again on his own when he gets to the 1950s it turns out that the yellow card man has taken his own life too.

And now the continuation –

  1. Jake walks through the town this time, the only stop he makes is to touch the car on On the forecourt for good luck you then heads across to get a bus at the bus station and once aboard as the bus goes along route 196, he start thinking about the yellow card man and the fact that the card he now carries is not cardboard or plastic pot even say love it feels like dead skin. How Al idea the man was somehow caught Between Worlds because of the rabbit hole doesn’t add up but sooner forget and move on and realises it’s good to be back.
  2. Jake buys himself a suitcase, and is told about the suicide of the dunk and then buys the same shirt he’s wearing.
  3. Jake goes back to his old/new apartment at Harris Avenue, He makes a habit of droping into the Lamplighter. he even makes friends with Jeff the bartender betting with him on Yankees baseball team
  4. The day after he goes under ground bookies and puts down a bet.
  5. Over the following months Jake builds a life for himself just had before but keeps one eye on the baseball game, waiting for Frank Dunning.
  6. Jake wants to keep the timeline Protected more this time he knows were Frank will be he doesn’t have to ask he just knows on the 5th of October 1958.
  7. He knows he’s done his best and even if God doesn’t 
  8. On the day there was no flu this time but Jake wakes up with a migraine falls down stairs and his car won’t start so he calls a mechanic.
  9. Mechanic comes.and fixings the car also has some advice for Jake to go back to bed.
  10. Because of the headache Jake drives the car quite slowly down route 7 checking each intersection as he does and is lucky not to be hit by the gravel truck on old Derby Road, Jake find a place to rest and weights for Dunning eventually headache disappears
  11. As Dunning walks through the graveyard Jake makes him turn and shoots twice
  12. Jake put Dunning into the mausoleum and walks away.
  13. Jake goes to collect his winnings to the baseball games and is told Dunning wasn’t the Saint the papers making out to be.
  14. Jake’s Drive wants to push him to go and see the Dunning family not Harry this time but his kids sister to tell her to talk her brother out of putting uniform on one day.
  15. Jake has one last thing to do before leaving Darby he writes a letter to give to Bill Turcotte
  16. Then he leaves.

What I think – Well Jake’s second life in 1950s America has started again and thankfully it wasn’t like Groundhog Day repeating over and over again the same things, But what I do have a problem with is every time Jake tries to change something that is a life and death situation obstacle put in the way each time they get Dumber and Dumber like the last of the keys and the fact that he has two flat tires I do hope that it doesn’t turn out to be that Jake was the yellow card man all along.

Aa always thank you for reading, and I hope you can join me for the next chapter. 


All The Right Words – The Hunt For Red October By Tom Clancy – Book – The Fourteenth Day.

The following blog has spoilers for the Tom Clancy book The Hunt For Red October this your one and only warning.

Somewhere under the Atlantic, a Soviet sub commander has just made a fateful decision.

The Red October is heading west.
The Americans want her.
The Russians want her back
And the most incersdible chase in history is on…

Recap the thirteenth day – The Dallas have been keeping up with the red october and invincible watches as they move around the see it then sends two helicopters and the red october breaches the surface. Ramius then it’s taking a back when the Invincible signals to him though Morse code a personal message telling him that most of his Navy or after him and he needs to head to a new grid reference. Jack Ryan then tells the CIA.

In Washington the CIA have to deal with their own problems not only a senator who is questioning their actions about why the US Navy out playing around with the British fleet but the aid to the Senator who turns out to be a spy and is arrested by a member of the CIA.

When the red october reaches given to them by invincible the reactor engine starts to play up and the red october is forced once again to breach the surface.

THE FOURTEENTH DAY, THURSDAY, 16 DECEMBER pages 321 to 359

A Super Stallion
The helicopters mission was to fly specifically to the HMS Invincible from there they would fly to the HMS pigeon, but I’m no to both pilots there is a fracture in the transmission casing.

Harrier 2-0
The harrier flown by lieutenant Parker is the escort for the super Stallion helicopter as a search in the water for a contact.

Super Stallion
In the middle of a transmission to the harrier the super stallion in begins instantly dispute lubricant oil behind the rotor hub and suddenly everything freezes the rotary blades twist and the stallion savagely drops and rotates in midair jerking the two pilots out there seats commander Marcks begins and Mayday call but it’s too late

Harrier 2-0
Lieutenant Parker radios control, and tells them what has happened he is then giving instructions to stay in the area as they Mount sea rescue for What Remains of the crew.

The Invincible
Jack watches from the Bridge as a Medics carry the structure of a Crewman from the stallion is then given what The Truman was carrying a small metal Briefcase, Admiral white quarters they open the Briefcase and mine reads a very heavy sigh, the mission it’s been set out in black and white round then gets a call the president and he’s told that you can order him to do this but he knows what is extinct Ryan then asks for some help and he told he can only bring one British officer this up with him.
Admiral white gathers together for Lieutenant’s under the age of 30 and it’s planes Ryan needs an officer to accompany on a voluntary basis of a mission of the upmost importance and secretive. The man the volunteers is Mr Owen Williams.

33n 75w
The Scamp rendezvous with the Ethan Allen a few minutes after midnight and then later joined by the power diesel vessel USS pigeon.

The Red October
Melekhin tells both Ramius and the rest of the crew they have no other option they must continue to work on the diesel engine allowed ramius begins to question whether the Sabotage is part of somebody’s plan and not an accident and out loud he begins to shake his we cannot risk the Americans getting their hands on our submarine.

CIA HEADQUARTERS.
Judge Moore calls senator Donaldson into the office and the FBI and CIA know that Donaldson told his aide about the fake mission, and that a spy in Russia has already been killed, they are going to turn his aide Mr Henderson in spy and the senator himself will retire.

The Pigeon
Ryan and William uneventfully reach the destination.

The Dallas
Mancuso received a lengthy Eyes Only transmission which takes him a few minutes to decrypt when he has done so he is smiling from ear to ear.

The Pigeon
Ryan explained to the captain of pigeon as much of the plan as he can and the fact a pigeon will have to use a blinker light to signal to the Red October. They’re going to get all the crew of and those who may want to return to Russia can do then pretend to blow the ship up with one of the powerful scuttling charges the Russian ships are known to carry. The remaining crew will be taken through their butts northwest Pimlico sounds to watch and wait the soviets navy return home.

The Red October.
On board the red october Ramus the transmission from the Pigeon and understands the plan.

Norfolk Naval Medical Center.
The Russian soldier has now woken up and his name is Andre Katystin from Leningrad and the name of the ship he was on was called the Politovskiy, Dr Tait are happy but the Russians not so much and it means that there could be another missing submarine.

CIA HEADQUARTERS.
They put a plan into action to get cardinal out of Russia.

The Red October
Over the submarine Ramius ” the efforts to repair engines have failed A batteries and nearly flat we are too far from Cuba for help and we can expect help from the Rodina, we do not have enough electrical power to evaporate are environmental control systems for more than a few hours we had no choice we must have banned in the ship…” ” we have lost comrades we have made the signals to Moscow to tell and to the American ships we then we’ll dive 200 m and we have we will take no chance and they will cease our ship I take full responsibility for this disgrace, read the fault is mine alone.”

The Pigeon
The signal has been received and the driver of the Pigeon takes Ryan and Williams down to the mystic.

The Mystic
The mystic is winched into the water by the Pigeon and slowly beneath the depths of the ocean carrying both Ryan and William’s it makes its way to the Red October and then careful attaches itself to the Octobers hull, Ryan and pick up a wrench and knocks on the hull.

The Red October
Ramius opens that hatch and Ryan introduces himself he then tells them there is a major radiation leak in the reactor system Ryan believes him and together they begin the evacuation, Under The Captain’s orders Dr Petrov is to take the first group to be evacuated of 25 men at a time,

The Scamp
Is halted two miles away from the Ethan Allen as both submarines exchange messages the scan sonar man noticed the passage of the three submarines an hour earlier the pogy the Dallas now between the Red October and two American subs.

The Red October
When the third group of Crewman I cook at the end of the line breaks away explaining he wants to retrieve his cassette tape machine something has been saving monster no one notices when he doesn’t return not even ramius.

The pigeon
On the pitch in the Soviet crewed I take it to the curse of the American soldiers observe the Russian counterparts closely Without A Word being said the Russian pine table set with Amy love coffee bacon and eggs with a junior officer acting as interpreter they ask for and get plenty of additional bacon.

The Red October
When the last group of crew have left the red october ramius turns to Jack Ryan and asks for asylum, he then goes on to explain that he’s told his crew that he would scuttle the ship and Ryan then explains a missile submarine will explode two miles from here to persuade his crew that this is what indeed has happened.
The offices above the red october will be able to pilot to safe Harbour with the Jack Ryan help they will be able to steer the ship but Jack has to explain once again to ramius the teachers CIA officer and not navy man.
In fact Ramius has read parts of Jack’s books.

The Avalon
The crew of the Avalon finished planting the bombs.

The Red October
Ordering both sets of men in English and Russian ramius gets the crew to take to their posts and asked Ryan when are they going to leave the area, Ryan says whenever you’re ready.Williams and Kamarov work together on securing the hatches and missile silo.
Then Jack Ryan his something something that shouldn’t be but ramius dismisses him thinking it’s the first time he heard of the Caterpillar drive, he then takes out Pistols pop goes to investigate but does not want any doors about his vessel. Williams and Kamarov are now missing, still extremely upset Ryan has a gun ramius gives him permission to go and investigate they find on the floor Kamarov.
Rammus and Ryan take opposite ends but the missile room. There the cook with his own gun trying to keep of Ramius and Ryan away from the missiles which tense to use blow ship up, the Cook and Ryan exchange a few shots each trying to convince the other that they are right. In the end ramius puts himself in harms way getting shot twice and the Cook killed outright. it is then decided the red october will release remains of armaments into the water.

The Dallas
The crew hear the missiles being released.

The Red October.
The missiles you’re not float to the surface in fact they fall on to the sea bed and I crushed by the weight of the sea

The Ethan Allen
The four bombs with the equivalent of 25 tons of TNT evenly distributed throughout the whole the hull the squids fired almost simultaneously and results with catastrophic Ethan Allen Strong Steel full burst like it was a balloon he only item not totally destroyed was the ships reactor which health 3 of the shredded wreckage and drop rapidly to the Ocean Floor.

The Dallas
Jonesy hears the explosion and curses out loud, The captain of the boat tells the whole what they heard was nothing to worry about.

The White House.
The president is now getting nervous and hopes that the sacrifices of the men he has sent to die though in fact mean something and the rest of the Russian military will believe what has happened to the Red October.

What I Think – The book has become somewhat a rush to the finish with most of the action taking place in this last chapter bouncing from the Red October, to the Ethan Allen, the white house and The Dallas, and everywhere else in between how we have a few more chapters rent the book is almost over I have absolutely no idea but we do so we have to see how it all plays out. It nice touch that even when someone boards his own vessel ramius is able to maintain superiority over not only what remains of these offices but Ryan and his tiny party.

So that’s you lot for this week, and as always thank you for reading and I hope you can join me next week for the next chapter.

Narrowboat Ezri – The 100 Miles Adventure – Two For The Price Of One.

We coming to the end of the Macclesfield canal soon as it joins the Trent and Mersey, but that’s not until next week. This weeks all about two’s. Two trips and two crew. The frist trip was small and done in the sunshine the second was a good stretch and done in the pouring rain, but will two crew members. 

We shall start with the short trip, The Macclesfield is one of the easier section of the network we have been so far, stay in the middle of the water and when you find metal barrier pull in a chain up, now most of the bigger narrow boats go to bigger safest points or the 48 hour places and sometimes only use two ropes. Ezri being only 35 foot gives her a lot more space to play with. 

The center of Congleton is once again 48 hour and being very close to Heritage Marina hire boats it get filled up quickly the rest of the bank both before and after needs the weeds cutting, so braking the trip there isn’t the best thing to do was to pick to move from aqueduct to aqueduct, which I though would have just over a mile but when, we tied up it was just 7 1/2 furlongs. The funny thing was that just before the Aqueduct stop there was/is a small cut out very much like the Littleborough quay I was in a long time ago, I didn’t see anyway of getting back to the towpath so, we picked a spot just on the end of the aqueduct.

Total Miles covered so far (Start point Bugsworth) =  33 miles 5 furlongs

Miles covered this trip =  7 1/2 furlongs

Being in such an open space, the wind and the weather does make Ezri move around a lot more her back rope undoing its self, so by Friday it was time to move. The plan was to get some fuel and then head on the Trent and Mersey and find a 14 day place but the weather wanted to play. 

Unlike most trips which are just me and my dad, my bother Joel came along this time. He parked his car we walked to Ezri me checking on the canal making sure there was nothing in the way, as we got half though the walk the rain came only a little on too heavy just enough to keep the cyclists and the dog walkers away it surprising that I did see a few boats heading the opposite way. The rain didn’t stop when we reached Ezri in fact it got worse, and want had been light shower was now becoming a torrential rainstorm, Dad took his place inside and as pushed Ezri though the rain Joel moved between us keeping look at (he’s the black hooded figure in the video)

Unlike the last time Joel was with us there was no locks, bridges or lack of water to stop Ezri in fact I think she was showing off at one point moving to the left before I had seen the on coming boat. Both Dad and Joel did get a chance to dry off a little being inside Ezri as for me we the heater in Joel’s helped a lot. Too tired to cook after such a long trip we decided to go out for a meal so with picked up Katie my sister in law and off we all went and even then the rain still can down.

So as always thank you for reading and see yo next week for the blog post

Total Miles covered so far (Start point Bugsworth) =  37 miles 2 furlongs

Miles covered this trip =  3 miles 5  1/2 furlongs.

Places been/Stopped- Bugsworth, Strines Road Narrows, Carr Swing Bridge, Bancroft Bridge No 8, Higher Poynton Winding Hole, Braddocks Bridge No. 19, Lane Head Winding Hole, Clark’ Change Bridge, Leadbeater’s Bridge No 40, Royal Oak Swing Bridge No. 49, Locketts Bridge No. 53. River Dane Aqueduct (12 locks) Congleton Bridge No 61, Buglauton Cattle Aqueduct, Biddulph Valley Aqueduct, Kent Green Pipe Bridge.

Bookends – Bookreview- 11.22.63 by Stephen King – Part Three – Living In Past.- Chapter Nine

The following blog has spoilers of the Stephen King Book 11. 22. 63 this your one and only warning.

STEPHEN KING -11.22.63

The day that changed the world. 

What if you could change it back ?
On November 22, 1963, Three shots rang out in Dallas,
President Kennedy died,and the world changed.
If you had the chance to change history, would you?

Would the consequesnces be worth it?

The Book So Far – Jake makes his life in the 50s and is able to draw his plans to stop Harry’s father Frank from killing his family, Jake find a place and watches and waits but while he watches and waits the gentlemen it’s been following him, bill comes along they have a conversation and Bill fills Jake in about Dunning. Bill wants to kill Dunning, eventually Jake gets away and is able to stop Frank but only with Bill’s help.

  1. Jake makes it back to 2011 much to Al’s surprise and shock.
  2. Al Goes to look for bandages for Jake’s head, and Jake looks around the dinner only to find Harry’s photo is no longer there.
  3. Jake asks Al who does remember Harry so they go and look him up on the internet but when they find a photo of the custodial staff Harry’s not there
  4. Al says it must be something to do with the fact that they are close to hole and that why they both remember, Jake thinks so to
  5. Together they head home to Al house Jake having trouble driving, When they get there a nurse is waiting for Al her name is Doris.
  6. Jake goes to his own house feeds his cat and falls asleep
  7. In the morning check up on himself up in a few newspapers, The first one he’s fine is a story about a local mystery the police are seeking a mystery man whose convertible has been found with bloodstains Bill the gentleman who sold the car to George is now looking for him unlike today’s papers there is no sensation or false accusation they are just looking for a missing gentleman. The second story is about Frank, According to the story Frank Dunning of prominent member of the business community had a gone to see his ex wife, Dunning had struck his wife with a hammer breaking her arm and then killing his 12 year old son. A passed by Mr Bill Turcotte stopped Frank and killed him with a knife. A nice and simple story for a nice and simple town. Jake then rings Directory assistance
  8. There is no listing for Doris, Troy or Harold Dunning but there’s a listing for Ellen. Jake introduces himself as George and tries to convince her that they used to be friends growing up. Ellen then tells him that Harry died in Vietnam so then Jake tries to push it even further and Ellen Knows something is wrong but the sound of his voice he then goes on to tell him that Harry believed he had a guardian angel and that he would be safe, but she is very upset that George or whoever he is wasn’t there to save Harry.
  9. Jake has a bad feeling and the bad feeling fuzzy all the way to Al house, Because when he gets there he doesn’t find out I live in fact he finds him dead how has taken a bottle of pills and left him a note so Jake has to do what he promised.
  10. In his own home Jake gather together all the things Al has left him, ID, the money and the key to the diner.
  11. Jake makes it to The Diner but it feels very strange with out Al, He makes it through the rabbit hole and begins to search for the yellow card man but he science him sprawled out on the concrete with his eyes open in a pool of blood his throat has been slashed from ear to ear and in one hand is a jagged shade of green metal and in the other the card that once was yellow then orange is now dead black.

What I Think – Well the bodies are beginning to pile up first because for Jake messing about with time, that one I can accept things have to get worse before they can get better but the death of Al just seems a bit of unnecessary death, as for the yellow card man I do hope that doesn’t turn out be times idea of bad joke.

So that’s your lot for this week, and as always thank you for reading and you can join me next week for the next chapter.

All The Right Words – The Hunt For Red October By Tom Clancy – Book – The Thirteenth Day.

The following blog has spoilers for the Tom Clancy book The Hunt For Red October this your one and only warning.

Somewhere under the Atlantic, a Soviet sub commander has just made a fateful decision.

The Red October is heading west.
The Americans want her.
The Russians want her back
And the most incersdible chase in history is on…

Recap the Twelfth day -The Dallas fans out the red october is in fact that Marina bin tracking for last 24 hours thanks to John zee and his computer technology then decide to switch off all engines and float for the red october will not pick them up. In Moscow the minister of Defence and his chief of staff talk about the spy they have a board the Red October and believe he will be able to stop ramius in his tracks and return the red october home to Mother Russia. As the red october move out of the patrol zone, the Dallas has to ask permission follow it and almost 24 hours later the Dallas has its permission from the men at the Pentagon and now the invisible carry Jack Ryan has started trying to transmit to the Dallas.

THE THIRTEENTH DAY WEDNESDAY, 15 DECEMBER pages 293 to 319

The Dallas
On the Dallas they monitor the red october making more crazy Ivan moves and this time they have been found out and they know the red october has seen them

The Red October
Yes the red october has seen them and works out they’ve been trailing them for the last two hours.

The Dallas
As the Dallas is now running silent Mancuso gives the order to actively search sonar things for the red october giving a target range.

The Red October
Everybody on the red october knows there is no hope now

The Dallas
Suddenly on the surface Jonesy hears there is very huge contact above them.

The Invincible.
The Invincible signals to the Bristol and Fife to stay with them, And the sends two helicopters to hover over the surface at fifty feet.

The Dallas.
Jones is able to hear the helicopters and work out the location of the The Invincible

The Invincible
Finds two submarines and the Admiral picks up his binoculars and starts to look around.

The Red October
Ramius has run the Red October into task force both British and American, he needs to see want up against so he gives the order to bring the ship to periscope depth.

The Invincible
Jack and the Admiral hold there breath as one of the helicopters report back that the Red October is heading up slowly.

The Red October
Borodin is slowly helping pump water as the Red October heads directly towards the invincible.

The Invincible
The Admiral calls a guy Hunter to comm to ask how well his morse code is as Jack stands there still feeling very sick.

The Dallas
Jones hears the sounds of the hull popping as the Red October heads up. Mannion thinks it’s dumb move but keeps that to himself Mancuco gives order to follow.

The Invincible
Admiral white now has everything trained on the depth and position for the red october they all have agreed that the best method of Passing a message would be used a blinker light, only someone placed in the Direct Line of Sight would be able to read the signal until moved the light holding the sheet of paper, Ryan had given him and the Yeoman begins to signal

The Red October
30 metres from the surface Captain ramius or is the periscope to be raised he looks out and see the three imperialist ships HMS Invincible and two Scouts.

The Invincible
And the Invincible they noticed the periscope and within seconds the caption is now controlling the light.

The Red October
At first Ramirez does not see this signal checking the Horizon from our ships and aircrafts when he’s finally made a circuit the second time he sees the flashing light quickly interpret signal Red October Red October if you can read this please pingos one time on active sonar the message keeps repeating and Orders Borodin to signal on active sonar.

The Invincible
With the ping received the invisible captain begins to send his message Red October Red October your fleet is chasing after you your path is blocked by numerous vessels in numerous is tax summary there waiting to attack you repeat proceed to rendezvous point 33 North 75 West we have ships there waiting for you repeat repeat Ping once again if you understand this message

The Red October
Ramius asks once again for the distance to target and borodin in replies 2000m, ramius doesn’t know why they know how long they have been training them he has to decide he asks once again for them to ping the target.

The Invincible
The Admiral the captain and Jack are very pleased and how it’s done Jack for the moment against he has sickness and disappears off to arrange things.

The Dallas
On the Dallas Mancuso shakes his head after reading the message that the English have sent for the red october Mannion brings the Dallas back into pursuit Of The Red October and still Mancuso has no idea what is going on.

The Invincible
In the radio room Ryan send an encrypted message to the CIA

The White House
The president is happy with the process of the mission so far but those things can go wrong.

The Invincible
Jack finishes sending his message as Admiral Wight walks into the room Jack has no idea what the next past the plan is but the Admiral says they have to move back to impose themselves between the Red October and the Soviet Fleet.

The Avalon
The Avalon is it DSV are creeping forward a long one of these houses port side, and from what the lieutenant can see something went wrong with her reactor burnt right through one of her sides. The job of the Avalon was to search and rescue and try to find out if anyone was still alive. But they receive a message to proceed at the best speed to 33 North 75 West the message didn’t say why they.

CIA HEADQUARTERS
The spy cardinal is still with the CIA and Ritter quite happy about that but the Admiral what’s cardinal to come out of Russia. But only that be ther now a senator wants to know what is really going on as he doesn’t by the cover story about the rescue mission and thinks we know something different.

Washington D.C.
Ritter heads to Senator Donaldson office were he’s kept waiting. After Ritter tells the Senator that the information he has comes from the President himself and if the Senator tells anyone things will be very bad. He tells him that the Russians have at least one submarine unaccounted for and someone we think it’s playing a trick on the operations director at the Soviet Northfleet, and about forged letters. The objective is to raise hell in the Soviet Union military channels and embarrass Moscow so the British and the French and the israelis have decided to come together try and stop them. There is also a man called Henderson who seems to be aware of the meeting going on between Ritter and the Senator, he walked out of the building after the meeting and it’s followed by special agent Hazel Lommis

The Pentagon
Admiral Davenport walks into a room full CIA intelligence officers and asks for volunteers none of the men leave and as he hands out of Manila envelope with the audience in he says they will have a chance to look inside a Soviet missile submarine.

33N 75W
On the Ethan Allen the chief quartermaster is becoming bored with waiting he wishes they had brought a proper cook with them. and giving him the job, as he talks to a second crew member he is asked what their mission is and he has no idea himself.

The New Jersey
Commander Eaton was perplexed, his battle group was holding twenty miles south of the Russians after the Mark battle with soviets Eaton is glad there is nothing more to be gained from harassment and anyway if it has to be his Battle group good switch from peace to war in about 2 minutes.

The Watergate Apartments
Hazel Loomis knocks on Hendersons door and asks to use his phone, he let’s her use it then try’s to pick her. With tour of his apartment, what halfway through there is a knock at his door and she arrested on suspicion of espionage and then lets in three gentlemen from the CIA rip the apartment apart.

The Red October
Discipline on the red october is being maintained as daily life continues but down in the engine room there is an alarm, there another malfunction, there has been a minor malfunction in the reactor system alarm everybody heard was not a major radiation late but rather a fault in the reactor rod control system. So ramius orders the submarine to go to snorkeling depth and to standby to activate the diesel.

The Dallas
With the Dallas still trailing behind the Red October, Jonesy worked out that they must have some kind of exotic fuel and not simply electrical to be able to drop and raise in such a short time there is then a whole cracking sound as if the red october is now once again heading up towards the surface.

The Red October
App snorkeling death ramius look around and see they have left the American escorts far behind them he then ordered them to open the main valves and vent the engine space and start diesel. The engine continues to crack throughout the whole and the men wait for the rumble of the engine to begin and catch after another try the engine does not kick in. ramius then finds his crew members that has feelings with diesel engines and hope they will be able to find out what is wrong with it.

What I Think – this chapter has a lot of good points with the back and forth of the Dallas and the red october being split into sections so you can find out their reactions without reading three or four pages, of not storyline. But the problem I have is all the new stuff with the Senator and the Spy at the Watergate it seems somehow added in just for effect no if they’re gone to the hospital with a Russian spy was and Mr Clancy had written how they intend to get him out of Russia that may have been something but to bring in two characters one who is a bumbling senator and is told a complete pack of lies and a spy, Who suddenly appears and is caught by a most honey trap that just becomes more filler. 

There are four Chapters left in the book and I’m trying to find out exactly what time will be executed by the end of the story with both the Admirals and captions of several shapes not knowing what’s going on and it only person that seems to have any idea stuck in the bowels of the CIA headquarters playing with a computer.

As always thank you for reading and I hope you can join me next week for the next chapter.

Narrowboat Ezri – The 100 Miles Adventure – Under the Arch

As you leave the Bosley there is section of barrier which is 48 hours only, and as I have seen all the way along the Macclesfield there is lot of the bank that needs cutting down so without going any further down we decided to stop as there was a little group which is always nice to see. When we did stop everyone got talking is like a village everyone telling us about the canal and the locks or the weather mostly nice a light. 

Around there its the wind you notice the most even having come down into the valley from the locks, but a small fire soon keeps the cold away. So it was moving day once again, I always feel a little bit of disappointment when leaving a place like this, if I have left something unexplored, but unlike when me and Ezri were alone I know there is chance we will be coming back is way soon.

Dad takes his place at the front of Ezri and the head off, Ezri just gliding over the water and the sun beating down, I am getting to know when and if Ezri needs me to move her tiller, but today she needs no help in fact I was able to flim as we went under the railway arch which carries the main lines though Congleton heading to London. I wanted to try and also try and show how over grown some of the canal is in some places and how that I have to watch out for the odd bird using the plants as nesting.

I know that some people will look at how few miles, we have been doing and be upset, but the thing is that Ezri is all about exploring, In our first week a two days me and Ezri did a about 71 miles just geting to littlebrough and missed almost everything. But that for next weeks blog.

So, as always thank you reading and see you next week. 

Total Miles covered so far (Start point Bugsworth) =  32 miles 5 1/2 furlongs

Miles covered this trip =  1 miles  1/2 furlongs

Places been/Stopped- Bugsworth, Strines Road Narrows, Carr Swing Bridge, Bancroft Bridge No 8, Higher Poynton Winding Hole, Braddocks Bridge No. 19, Lane Head Winding Hole, Clark’ Change Bridge, Leadbeater’s Bridge No 40, Royal Oak Swing Bridge No. 49, Locketts Bridge No. 53. River Dane Aqueduct (12 locks) Congleton Bridge No 61