Unusually I was awake and up at 7:30am. Chris followed at 8am and we got under way at 8:45am, early for us. The plan, if there was one, was to make for Leek today.
Although a tad chilly the morning had some sunshine but plenty of cloud as well. The overnight wind had dropped so not an unpleasant cruise.
Our first lock of the day was Engine lock. Here we meet our first boat going the other way, As the lock was in our favour we came up first. The boat going down warned us all the pounds ahead were very low so it made for a slow run all the way.
|Leaving Engine Lock|
Our luck ran out at the next lift bridge No 23. A Canal Company hire boat had just lifted the bridge as we caught them up. They only just got through using plenty of revs. This did not bode well for us. The young crew member waved us on and as AmyJo got halfway through she suddenly started to reverse for no apparent reason despite applying various levels of forward throttle. It took all the might of the young man hauling on the centre line to get her through. I can only assume it was flow from the nearby locks being let down by the hire boat crew that caused the problem.
|Plenty of power and the hire boat crept through|
|Lovely wooded locks|
|This lock is full and still a good foot lower than normal|
|Stockton Brook Pumping station now looks unused and in a sorry state. Its now owned by two artists|
that have plans for it. The steam engine is long gone but the electric generators are still there.
|Artwork at lock 8 in remembrance of the potteries industry|
And Chris modelling hers. Have to say they were a good investment we made at the Crick show this year and they kept us really dry.
|Between the showers the sun did shine and then the cut looked fabulous.|
|No chance of using the lock landing here as it seems to have collapsed.|
|Unusual stable block conversion. Loved this place.|
|Wouldn't mind this impressive place Lisa.|
|Keep right but why?|
|Stoke on Trent Boat Club seemed closed off to visitors.|
There are good showers here so tonight we plan to make good use of them. Leek will have to wait until tomorrow now. Guess what? Now we've moored up......