SUNDAY 13TH JUNE 2010
N.B. Angonoka set of before us, but we followed in their wake a couple of hours later. The recent bright weather had deserted us and a threat of rain hung in the air as we approached the Barbridge Junction with the Middlewich Branch of The Shropshire Union Canal. We waited for a couple of boats to exit before we turned into the arm and after a mile and a bit and one lock we pulled up alongside Venetian Marina and bought the Nicholson guide to the North West & the Pennines, now we would be able to plan the next stage of our journey in greater detail.
We expected to catch up with J & D at bridge 22, but the expected rain arrived and I decided to stop several bridges short, until a phone call advised me that it was no longer raining and that Cressy was missing her play mate, and to stop being a wimp and get a move on. It did stop eventually and I did get a move on. The mooring was in a quite wooded area where J & D met up with with their regular cruising chums, Robin and Julia from N.B. Locksley and we were cordially invited to join the reunion party on board Angonoka. Not too late an evening as an early start was planned, (destination the Anderton Boat Lift) but a very pleasant one.