Monday 19th August 2013, north of Middlewich.
We left our picturesque mooring overlooking Church Minshull and cruised towards Middlewich.
The answer was nicknamed "Quatermass". It included (among other things) a crochet blanket, bits of carpet, a lot of rope, balls of string, audiotape, sticks, bits of fenders and metal rods and tubing. Quite a haul! No wonder the engine stopped!
Back on MM, we cruised the short distance to the Middlewich Junction between the Shroppie (Middlewich Branch) and the Trent & Mersey Canal. We said a sad farewell to the Shroppie, the canal on which we first cut our narrowboating teeth and on which we have had so many happy times. We turned north on the Trent & Mersey. Although our route will take us south on this canal towards home, we had decided to make a diversion to visit the Anderton Boat Lift 10 miles up the canal and we are hoping to take MM down the lift tomorrow.
We were immediately faced with four locks and a queue of three boats ahead of us. Add to that the fact that two of the four paddles were out of action on the first lock and it took us a while to get through as the lock was very slow to empty and fill. Eventually we managed it, with Alex and Jamie helping out on the gates and paddles vey competently.
Trip: 271 miles, 215 locks and 223.1 hours.