We left Cross Green before 8.30am. I left on foot so I could walk with Max for a while and Storm picked me up after a couple of miles before we got to the first of the 12 locks of the day. It was my turn to do the locks and we had to queue at Galey Wharf while two boats went down and two boats came up before we could proceed.
We made it to Penkridge for lunch and moored up and went off to explore the town. We toured the open market there and on the way back we shopped at The Co-Op abandoning our plans to shop on-line for the time being.
After stowing the food way, we continued our journey, still having to queue at each lock. We had several interesting encounters en-route though from one very grumpy lady who couldn’t understand why I would like to help her, one hire boater who narrowly missed a head on crash as he forgot which side of the canal he should be on, and a very nasty growl from the prop at one point as we hit something submerged.
Anyway we finally moored up at Tixall Wide at about 7pm and enjoyed a home-made Thai Green Curry.
Tixall Wide looks more like a lake than a canal and is well populated with kingfishers apparently.