Just a quick update as I've been distracted by Canal World Discussion Forums - and I can't believe the time!
We're now moored at Newark, having had a smooth passage up the rest of the tideway.
I got a big surprise before setting off, though.
After ploughing through acres of duckweed on the Stainforth and Keadby Canal on Thursday I quite expected to see the stuff in the weedhatch, and this is what it looked like.
I cleared out as much as I could by scooping it with my hand, then I used a cloth to "mop up" most of the rest.
The cruise up to Cromwell Lock was uneventful, and less windy than yesterday. The flood tide wasn't as strong, and we averaged only 4.8 mph. In fact, the tidal bit below Cromwell Lock felt no different from the non-tidal bit above.
I took fewer photos; this one needs a caption.
We had a good curry at Asha.
Turn left for Middlewich - So we left our mooring at Bate's Mill and Al walked up to the already empty lock. We went in with anticipation as everyone had warned us of the swirl you g...
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