Wednesday 9th July at Catherine-de-Barnes.
Another lovely day dawned. We've been so lucky with the weather this year, certainly compared with 2012 when it rained almost every day!
We waved goodbye to Mike and Sue on nb "Arathorn", who were heading up to Nantwich, then set off ourselves in the opposite direction. We hope we meet them again one day.
The journey up to Salford Junction was not too bad. The Junction is incredible, it is where three canals meet (and the M6 passes overhead).
It was really sad because it was clear that an absolute fortune had been spent on these locks. All the surrounds had been block-paved at vast expense and the brickwork was in excellent condition - but no attempt had been made to maintain them. There was tall grass and weeds everywhere and almost every flat surface was covered in grafiti. At least it got marginally better as we proceeded up the flight.
Half way up, we met some C&RT chaps who were dredging the pounds and M took a photo of their "haul". At least two supermarket trolleys and a child's bike, all rusted almost beyond recognition.
The surroundings stayed fairly grim all the way to Tyseley, where we moored up and walked the mile or so to the local Railway Museum.
Today: 12 miles, 11 locks and 6.7 hours.
Trip: 54 miles, 33 locks and 28.4 hours.