Longport to Festival Park : 2 miles, 0 locks
To date : 947 miles, 659 locks
Today's forecast was for a rainy morning but clearer after lunch.... and so it was. We had a boater's meeting this morning and decided that we'd head off about 1pm by which time the rain should have stopped. I did some work... we had a tidy up... Mick took some stuff to a charity shop... then after a bit of lunch we were ready to go.
A fellow from a boat further back strolled past as I was putting the pram cover down and was asking me where we were stopping today. Something made me feel I should be less than forthright so I said we weren't sure where we'd stop... we'd see what happened with the weather.
We enjoyed the cruise from Westport Lake and were hoping to find moorings by Festival Park. There was one space before the footbridge so we pulled in and I walked ahead to see there was another space after the bridge where Barry and Carol could moor. It was just starting to drizzle again so I quickly put the pram hood up and a fellow on the boat behind came over and was saying something about someone who had been moored here was coming back. I didn't take a lot of notice and left Mick out there listening to his chatter.
Not all that long afterwards, the boat with the fellow who had asked questions earlier at Westport Lake cruised by but had to continue on. Mick was still out chatting with the boater behind us and then it all became clear. They knew each other and were spending the winter lurking around the area. Any wonder I'd been asked where we were planning to moor... he had been planning on racing off ahead of us if he'd known we were coming here. Lucky I said nothing... we like mooring here.
We passed a pleasant couple of hours playing cards and tonight we're having dinner at the Toby Carvery.