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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Onto the Maccie.

Decisions,decisions..........You land based folk just don`t realise the stresses we boaters are put under occasionally. I know deciding which way to go at a junction is not a regular decision on a boat unlike in a car perhaps there might be thousands of possible ways to go if you count all the streets you pass as you drive along a main road. Also on a boat the chance to leave a canal and cross over it Flyover (Overpass) fashion is not a regular occurrence. This will now happen as we are leaving the T. and M. and going on the Macclesfield canal.

The aeriel picture above is the right hand section of the road map on the left. The lower aeriel picture is the left hand side of the road map.     The Trent and Mersey canal in both pictures is the light Brown colour like strong tea caused by iron ore in Harecastle Tunnel seeping into the water. On the left we are going from A via B and C to  D. and the aerial pictures are also marked.                                                         Leaving `A` we pass under the Aqueduct that carries the Macclesfield canal, our destination, over the Trent and Mersey. This is actualy called Poole Aqueduct but is often referred to as Red Bull which carries the Maccie canal over a road just a few yards further on just out of picture. Next is the first lock that will lift the canal 8` 8" about half the height needed to get us up to the Maccie. Just before point `B` is the second lock lifting us 9 feet and the same height as the Maccie. As we turn under the bridge at `B` we are 17 fee 8inches above `A`. The Trent and Mersey carries on to the right of `B` towards Stoke-on-Trent via Harecastle tunnel.

OK so that all might seem a bit boring for boaters but for the benefit of non boaters and Jaq`s friends and family the pictures will help to make it all clear. A picture is worth a Thousand words! 
Talking of words; The opening ceremony of the Games could be described in many ways but to me the best part came at the end. The lighting and coming together of the Olympic Cauldron was fantastic. Whoever designed that part should get a medal.
As of Sunday afternoon USA have 7 medals and GB have 1. Congratulations but it`s early days yet.


Anonymous said...

Is there some national rivalry going on in that there boat? Went to the park yesterday. Lovely and Gloriana was there too, I have put up some pics if you want to take a look. Carol BV

Les Biggs said...

Hi Carol,
Nope--no national rivalry here! We are on the same team--the Les and Jaq Biggs internationl pairs non-competition!! :)
Great pics--thanks for sharing them.

NB Valerie & Steam Train by Les Biggs

NB Valerie & Steam Train by Les Biggs