Saturday 13 December

Another frosty morning and in exposed places we saw that the canal had a thin veneer of ice on it. Shall we stay or shall we go?   We deliberated over a cooked breakfast and as the sun was shining we decided to go as tomorrow’s forecast suggests rain.   It was noon when we finally left Rode Heath and we expected that most of the ice would have melted by now.

I was doing the locks today and I walked with Max between most locks so he had fun running backwards and forwards.

I don’t know what the collection noun is for a lot of santas but at Malkin Golf Club about twenty of them on a bike ride, dismounted from bicycles and peered over the bridge at me, said, “Ho Ho Ho” got back on their bikes and cycled off again with the red robes flowing behind them.

It was 3 o’clock by the time we reached Wheelock and decided to call it a day.

(4 miles, 14 locks

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