I am not really sure how to start this set of blogs as we begin the voyage “home” to Furness Vale, it was meant to be see Ezri, Dad and Me Complete the Cheshire Ring heading through the Bridgewater Canal and the centre of Manchester once again but, the locks at Marple have shut since late September and its now become a case of retracing our journey the way we came.
Officially the trip is supposed to take three days from the Middlewich visitor moorings, but those calculations have been done at the height of summer and now we’re almost but not quite winter time so we only have a few hours of daylight not only that we are at the mercy of my work as I do not have 3 days straight in a row. And believe me we have tried to do more miles but it would mean running in the in the dark even at 4:30 in the afternoon.
When we began from the Anderton Boat Lift we tried to squeeze in 8 miles and manage to do just under 7 and as we did it became Pitch Black so it was on with Ezri’s main light, running only for 25 minutes and the next day we did try to move once again but Ezri’s is battery had died, getting a replacement from Portland Marina was half a days work. So not the best of starts. Ezri has always run on just one battery, it’s never been a problem before and it will be rectified when we have the structural rebuild sometime in next September.
Now the thing is that I don’t wish to risk repeating myself and boring not only you the reader but myself in saying we did x y and z miles and got here, here and here, there will be a blog of our journey but not in the same style as before, my maths has never been my strong point but I know how I’ve done the 56 miles from bugsworth basin to the Anderton Boat Lift I have the videos and the emails to prove that, I have the idea we are going to short by few miles as was are not going end in Bugsworth once again, but we did do one mile on the River Weaver so I am counting that.
It’s not the way I wanted the blog to be in the end but at the minute it’s the best I can do so I hope you can join me as we retrace our steps and head on our voyage home, As always thank you for reading and I hope to see you next week.