Saturday 27th August, 2016 to Ellesmere Port.
Not such a bright morning but still pleasant.
A chance conversation yesterday with a family out walking the Roman walls resulted in them joining us on board MM this morning. When we met them yesterday, they were peering over the city walls admiring MM. It turned out that they had never been on a narrowboat but were very keen to try. So, we invited them to join us today to go down the staircase of three locks.
Having reconnoitred the locks earlier, we knew that it would be a baptism of fire (or water) for them and half expected that they would not show up. But they did, promptly at 10:00am as arranged. Paul, his mother Irma and his sons Joe and Oliver. Paul lives locally (unfortunately his wife was working today and couldn't join us) and Irma is visiting for the weekend from Chelmsford.
Joe and Oliver soon palled up with Guy.
Reluctantly, we turned in the museum basin and headed back towards Chester.
Today: 14 miles, 3 locks and 9.2 hours (inc. power yesterday) and seven herons.
Trip: 288 miles, 208 locks and 212.6 hours.