Planning and prejudging were my lessons learnt yesterday and a better person for the lessons I think I am.
Two days posts in one as yesterday I was just too tired to blog !
So yesterday 14th September ....
Everything was set and planned for a 5.45am alarm call and a 6am start to get us over the aqueduct at sunrise. All going to plan until we came out of the Whitehouse tunnel in the early morning mist and still dark.... "is that a tree down" I said incredulously, yes sure was completely blocking the canal and in an instant kicking all my planning and considerations into touch. Lesson one of the day and I'd not been awake an hour !
I called C&RT emergency number and got through after about 5 minutes then pulled the boat back and waited. The lengths person arrived a couple of hours later and advised he had sent pictures...they dispatched a working boat from Trevor and by 11am a very tight channel had been opened. About 12 boats then came through from the Llangollen side then it was my turn to lead my ten or so boats away.
This gave us the privilege of being the lead boat across the aqueduct, no drone flight for pictures but we got some off the camera.
We nosed into the tuning fork moorings at Trevor and started to wind (those that know this location will know the strange layout.) I was cursing a fisherman who was fishing at the end of the right side moorings as you look in.... I was unsure if we'd get in front of the boat at the end and his 'peg' while discussing options with Rachel he came up and offered to move so we could get in.... I later chatted to him and he told me of some of his troubles and after he saw me fishing came over and gave me some of his maggots. As someone recently said to me those with the least often give the most.... I was humbled by my initial cursing of a very decent man. Lesson two of the day.
We decided as we had a lovely mooring we'd stay put and set off back home in the morning. We didn't fancy the extra few miles of what is advised as shallow canal to Llangollen only to be in the mix with lots of people.
We had some food then set off to explore the valley ...... This is the bridge you can see from half way along the aqueduct.