Day 22 – Wipeout

It’s very rare, in fact it may even be a first, that we started and finished on the same guide book page, and only 1.5 hours cruising today.

I wasn’t feeling too great, I think it was the after effects from my treatment and the rushing/stressing/worrying about getting back. We had a later than usual cast off at 10am. No locks today and only one swing bridge, it took me an age to figure out that I needed to pull up the oval white pully thing, it’s only when I walked round to say to Toby I couldn’t figure it out, that I saw the instructions!

The scenery is really changing as we approach the Peak Forest canal, how could you ever tire of this view?

As the towpath switches sides, the bridges have a wonderful curve, this was to allow the working boats to walk their horses up and over the bridge to the other side.

We stopped at Macclesfield opposite the Hovis Mill; for many years it was still owned by Hovis, used as a print works for their packaging and publicity material. Back in 1998 it was converted into apartments – what a fab place to live. Toby went hunting at the chandlers for new pipe fenders – not too fat, and ones with a loop at the top rather than a hole at the bottom – sadly only the fat ones were in stock. I made some more apple, sultana and ginger flapjacks for Toby’s smoko break.

It continued to rain on and off, and I still wasn’t feeling great, so we decided to stay put. I fell asleep and Toby worked on his canal buddy app, played some games and helped rescue a boat trying to moor up in front off us who were struggling in the wind.