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2008 Voyage - June

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Shropshire Union Main Line

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Sunday 1th June 2008

From to Nantwich Basin arriving at 11:30 am. The time taken was 2 hours 0 minutes. 5.75 miles and 2 locks, averaging 3.88 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 74 hours 45 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 126 locks, averaging 3.02 lock/miles per hour.

Made our way back to Nantwich and moored before the aqueduct. Went to the Boot for lunch and did some shopping at Morrisons. A cloudy day with some light showers in the afternoon.

Shropshire Union Main Line to Shropshire Union - Middlewich Branch

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Friday 27th June 2008

From Nantwich Basin to Minshull Mill Bridge No 14 arriving at 12:05 am. The time taken was 4 hours 0 minutes. 3.25 miles and 2 locks, averaging 1.31 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 78 hours 45 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 128 locks, averaging 2.9 lock/miles per hour.

After leaving the boat for over three weeks in Nantwich Basin, while we had a new engine fitted, we returned to the boat yesterday. Today we set off at 7.40 and stopped for water for 25 minutes at Barbridge Junction. The Locks on the Middlewich Branch were busy, as usual, and the top gates Minshull Lock only had one working paddle. SAw a kingfisher just past Venetian Marina. Stopped on the 48 hour moorings with the view of Church Minshull. A dry and mostly cloudy morning with showers in the afternoon.

Shropshire Union - Middlewich Branch to Trent and Mersey Canal

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Saturday 28th June 2008

From Minshull Mill Bridge No 14 to Wheelock Bottom Lock No 66 arriving at 2:20 pm. The time taken was 5 hours 45 minutes. 11.38 miles and 7 locks, averaging 3.2 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 84 hours 30 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 135 locks, averaging 2.78 lock/miles per hour.

Came down the rest of the Middlewich Branch and through Wardle Lock, turning right into Kings Lock, and on to Wheelock. Had lunch on the move. Did a bit of boat painting in the afternoon and went to the Cheshire Cheese for dinner. A mostly cloudy day with some sunny intervals.

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Sunday 29th June 2008

From Wheelock Bottom Lock No 66 to Hassall Green Locks No 57 and 58 arriving at 12:35 am. The time taken was 2 hours 30 minutes. 1.88 miles and 8 locks, averaging 3.95 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 87 hours 0 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 143 locks, averaging 2.79 lock/miles per hour.

Set off from Wheelock behind two other boats so most of the locks were against us. Stopped above lock 57 and went to the "Lock 57" brasserie for lunch. A dry cloudy morning with a heavy shower at lunchtime and some sun in the afternoon.

Monday 30th June 2008

From Hassall Green Locks No 57 and 58 to Red Bull Lock No 42 arriving at 2:25 pm. The time taken was 4 hours 5 minutes. 4.38 miles and 16 locks, averaging 4.99 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 91 hours 5 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 159 locks, averaging 2.84 lock/miles per hour.

Came up the locks to Red Bull Wharf where we stopped 25 minutes for water. Continued on to moor above Lock 42 and went into Kidsgrove to collect the post and do our shopping at Tescos. A dry day with some sunny periods.

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