We made good time to Warton lock but alas no one was travelling our way. We do keep a good look out for other boats and do wait a while. Luckily, seeing as it is half term, there were plenty of hire boats coming down the locks so all were in our favour. We passed through Beeston Iron and stone locks without a hitch and even Tilston and Bunbury were set for us.
All the time the sky looked dark and menacing but no rain luck would have it. Occasionally the Sun made an appearance that lit up the Autumn colours like gold. This tree looked magnificent against the black sky behind it.
|Rich Autumn gold enhanced by the sun.
It was then I found our horn had given up the ghost and would not make a noise no matter how I pressed the button. I had hoped it would alert any boat coming through the bridge but nothing.
|Approach to Barbridge junction from Chester end
|White bridge walls gleam in the late sun.
Fortunately for me Chris had a multi meter on board and I managed to track the fault to the horn itself though I could not find any obvious reason. I reckon I'm going to have to buy a replacement :-(.
Average speed:1.37 mph (2.39 lock/mph)