Monday morning and the wind was blowing as strong as ever as the same three boats we arrived with all prepared to leave the dock. Lots of throttle was the answer as we powered our way across the open expanse of water and arrived at the first of the locks to be greeted by the same BW chaps who escorted us in just a few days previously. About five hours later we bade them farewell as we passed through Swing Bridge 9.
We stopped for a late lunch, before carrying on another couple of hours to Haskayne. The Ship Inn sounded quite appealing in the Nicholson’s Guide, but we weren’t so sure when we arrived, but it was too late to go any further and in fact the food was simple fayre, but good. The only problem was, that last orders for food was 8.15, not a problem for us, as we were there in plenty of time, until it came to order desert at 8.30 and was told that the kitchen was closed, however the land lady did manage to rustle up cold apple pie and ice cream for the boys and just ice cream for the girls.
We got Ann and Brian back to their car in Burscough by Tuesday lunch time and sent them on their way with big hugs for being such good crew and great company.