We woke to a really lovely sunny day, but as I was still feeling pretty crap I stayed in bed till I felt a bit better. Normally we wouldn't have moved but we have to be at Bridge 9 on Sunday morning to meet the C&RT man, to open the bridge for the trip into Liverpool.
I took the dogs for a good walk to try and clear my head and by the time I got back to the boat it was pissing down with rain and blowing a gale!
Never mind, needs must and off we went. I don't know what it is about this part of the canal, but from Wigan on it has seemed rather tedious ... I just cant wait to stop for the day. On all the other canals we have been on I never get bored standing there, tiller in hand, rain in eyes and the wind making a mess of my hair (if I had any). This one seems to drag on.
So back to the trip, no locks but plenty of swing bridges for El to work, and they all work differently. I had to laugh when El was working one bridge ... all she stopped was a cyclist in the full Lycra get up, she did the usual smile at him and maybe have a chat but no - he kept looking straight ahead and uttered not a word.....I bet he is a fisherman as well!
We stopped at Bridge 9 pretty cold and sodden. I removed a lot of crap from around the bow and bow thruster tube including a rather dead eel!
We appear to be on our own at the moment, perhaps more boats are moored further back, but I didnt see any ...
Perhaps that is why this part of the canal system seems tedious - we only spotted one other boat on the move today!
I had a lovely hot shower after we stopped, plus some nice yummy home made soup and bread and now having a nice relaxing glass of red - purely for medicinal purposes! Early start tomorrow, bridge opens at 9 am !! Don't they know its Sunday!!