We’re on familiar territory now. So we think we’re in for a couple of boring days.
But cruising is never boring. There is a lot of traffic on the canal.

Traffic on the canal

Traffic on the canal

As well as in the canal.

Traffic in the canal – part 1

Traffic in the canal – part 1

And one wonders: does Anderton ever lift boats?

Traffic in the canal – part 2

Traffic in the canal – part 2

I’m joined on the boat by hundreds of illegals.

Illegals

Illegals

And there are delicious meals to enjoy.

Delicious meals

Delicious meals

We finally have roses on the back doors (castles will be a future project).

Roses, but no castles (yet)

Roses, but no castles (yet)

After Plank Lane Lift Bridge (operated by CRT because it is broken down) we get stuck behind someone who’s either drunk, high, not a full shilling, or every possible combination of this. He cruises so slow that at a certain point I can but shout: “Can you please speed up?”

Plank Lane (doesn't) Lift Bridge

Plank Lane (doesn’t) Lift Bridge

But there are rewards as well. Three tunnels (oh, I just love tunnels…), coffee at Black Prince at Acton Bridge, meals with family at Stockton Heath, and the prospect of a visitor tomorrow.
No, boating is never boring.

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