The boat didn't know herself she was free from her moorings and waiting patiently for me to phone Eric to say the first one way narrow section of the Llangollen was clear to cruise. In fact Eiddwen and Ben the dog walked with me nearly all the way to Trevor as we checked out the one way sections. Today the boaters we told that there was already two boats already coming through actually waited at the start of the narrows. The weather did us proud with the sun shining a good bit of the way. Ben was on his best behaviour too as he didn't chase any cyclists. Today we cruised across the heights of the Pontycysyllte Aqueduct with NB Shush following behind and Ben inside the boat keeping him safe in case he decided to jump ship as we crossed the aqueduct.
At the end of the aqueduct we left Wales behind and entered England. Next stop was raising the first lift bridge of the year- they always seem to take forever to go up and Eiddwen lowered it back down once NB Shush had passed through. Another first of the year was going through the shorter Whitehouse Tunnel and shortly afterwards the longer Chirk Tunnel and then Chirk Aqueduct. A mile or so further on we did our fist two locks of the year, the recently reopened New Marton Locks and the new paddle gear worked like a dream. We stopped at Hindford and moored the boat- found the dot in the sky and had a nice relaxing evening watching the box. I cooked a chill con carne as we cruised so all we had to do was cook the pasta, eat it and then the washing up. We enjoyed our first day of our summer cruise. A complete change of scenery- not a mountain in sight!