Thursday, August 19, 2010

Day ten July 22nd - Ellesmere to Llangollen

Today was a day of mileage and repeat scenery. Not that that was a bad thing.
We had a pleasant day of boating, a few clouds, a bit of rain and lots of locks.
There are a group, a rather large group, of people who live on their narrowboats full time, year round. Moving every couple of days to a new spot. Making friends in passing boats, and favorite pubs along their routes. With 3000 miles of canal in the UK, you can explore a lot of pubs, . . . I mean, . . . historical places.
You can usually tell the people who cruise a lot by how fancy their boats are. . .

Some would have solar panels or TV antennas or satellite dishes.
Some had gardens on top, or the roof would be where they would store bikes and BBQ's.

We did lots of bridges. . .

and lift bridges. . .

And this was the section of the canal where I got voted, "Best legs on the canal, 2010"!

And more locks. ..

And more tunnels. . .

We met several interesting and curious creatures. . .

We stopped again at our favorite "Jack Mytton Inn" for lunch and the owner was as Jovial as ever.
While waiting to order lunch, John and Emelaine would play a game similar to tick-tack-toe.

Emelaine was getting so good that. . .

. . that every time she walked away, John would cheat.
Just kidding. She was fascinated with the way all the balls
would fall at once when she pulled out one piece of wood.
I loved the food and the beer. 
The beer changes every few days to a different cask ale.

I took the boat over the first aqueduct so John could get pictures.

Diane was on and off the boat so much over the course of the week that she became quite the narrowboat wrangler. . .

Right after the aqueduct John did a sharp right angle turn, followed directly by a bridge. . .

Here's John lining up for the bridge.

We had a wonderful Pork Roast on board for dinner this evening.

We made LLangollen for the evening and some of us had time to go to the "Corn Mill" for a pint right beside the river before we turned in.

This would be our last really full day of boating

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