Wednesday, 6 April 2022
Today should be an interesting day. We are going to go through the center of Manchester. We don't know what to expect, but we expect it to be quite different than traveling the countryside. We set off at 9 AM, and made our first stop at just 5 minutes later. We moored the boat and walked south to Dunham Massey Brewing Company. After a 10 minute walk we arrived. This brewery doesn't have a tasting room, you can only buy bottles to takeaway. We planning on buying 4 bottles, to make it easy to carry one bottle in each of our hands, but they had such a nice selection, so we wound up buying 12 bottles.
Here are some photos from the next 1.5 hours.
We must be approaching Manchester. Here we are passing Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United Football Club.
We are definitely getting closer...the buildings are getting bigger.
We made it to the start of our Manchester crossing, but first, we needed to fill our water tank.
After getting water, we continued on and arrived at our first of 9 locks in Manchester. We had many people looking on as I worked the lock. Everything about this lock was different than others we have done. The crank on the gate was different, and the doors were opened using the crank and a chain & pulley system. I managed to figure it all out, and we were in and out of the lock somewhat smoothly.
One lock down, 8 more to go. Here are some photos and a video of this crazy adventure:
After nine challenging and tiring locks, we found an awesome place to moor. We were tied up and ready to relax at 6 PM.
We were pretty happy to find a pleasant mooring in Manchester. We were a bit worried about what we were going to find. We cracked open a couple of the beers we bought this morning...was it really just this morning? It feels like it was so long ago. We then ate dinner (shrimp quesadilla) and watched some TV. After looking at the map and the weather, we decided to stay at this mooring tomorrow. It is supposed to rain all day and be pretty chilly. Plus, there is a couple of breweries close by and a dim sum restaurant.