|The happy team at Infusions|
Then it was farewell to all as we filled and emptied and set off on a reasonable afternoon, but it got worse.
|Leaving Burscough Wharf note horse boat|
We joined up with two other boats at our second swing bridge where they were having problems getting it open, though when it eventually opened they had no idea what caused the problem. The other boats stopped at Parbold & we carried on but it started to rain hard. We went up Appley Lock, reversed back into the old lock pass and tied up soaked! We dried off enjoying Olympic competitions.
|Leaving Leigh Wharf|
|Bridgewater Canal Weedcutting at Leigh|
We stopped to fill with diesel at Bridgewater Marina where I moaned at their 93p price to be moaned back at because they said they barely cover their costs. They also moaned that the diesel boats effectively cheat by not paying a commercial licence costing £2000 pa. I think a lot of this ties in with items I have read in the press about heating fuel supplies being effectively mostly controlled by one company, though they trade under many names.
|Carol charms her bobby|
An Olympic football match meant we had to be checked out for bombs. The search officers plus the man on point were all great, and the other officer point man on the city side will have plenty of pictures of Lily to look at!
|Rubbish at Sanitary station smelled to high heaven. Why would |
you add yours to it when it is obviously not being cleared?
|Just round the corner opposite the YHA is this|
City Council rubbish and recycling facility!
Well the first lock took 20 minutes to fill it, I didn’t time how long it took to empty it first.
|Burgers etc being cooked canalside, |
Carol tried to blag one but failed.
|Fortunately there were helpers around to get the gates open|
Several locks had water cascading over the top gates but they generally were not too bad, except that many of the ground paddles had no catch piece to hold the paddle post up. I found an empty soft drink bottle and used this to jam it up so I could open the paddle on the other side.