Yesterdays Run 17.5 miles 2 locks

ImageBig day on the canals today, all the way upstream to Llangollen basin. Running is slow, in part because of the current and partly the canal has become very narrow. The highlight would have to be the Pontcysyllte aqueduct closely followed by the Chirk aqueduct and Chirk tunnel (459 yards).

Pressure was on on the last part of the canal as a woman attempted (unsuccessfully) to push Lynn to go faster. Ignored.

We had a chat with the a couple of ladies sunbathing at the marina, clearly they think it's summer and were able to watch some marital disharmony when a large and old boat was run aground and madam had to re-park it. Our team cheered when she made it, I think she thought we were being facetious.
ImageSomething of a late explore of the town and we discovered that we were too late for the steam train trip. This resulted in champagne at the very busy Wharf pub then more wine at the Bridge End Hotel. The former was very pleasant but could not promise to arrange dinner for us, the latter would not be a place that you would want to have more than one drink, Ever. Both pubs were full but really the service was poor and the the clientele at the Bridge Inn so rough they could have easily improved their games.

Llangollen has a very high twee factor, until you reach the end of the main street that is where the real down at heal nature of the town is apparent. Surprisingly finding a reasonable dinner was much harder than you'd have expected. We ended up at the restaurant in the Royal hotel with a very nice waiter who had been to NZ and the meal surprisingly good.

The run aground team came into the restaurant while we we were there, Mary had a chat and yes she did think we were being facetious. All sorted now though.Image