The weather has continued to be truly awful... more rain and very miserable days... luckily, our longer day up Wigan and on to Adlington did allow us to have shorter days since...
Having spent a night on the visitor Moorings at the top of Johnsons Hillocks we were about to float over to the water point to top up before departing, when Lady Teal (proper posh hotel boat) moored up along side to top up their tank and do a quick pump out. In between guests, it meant we could have a chat across the cut - it turns out, because of the over run at Burnley THEY'D had to be lifted out (using a 250 tonne crane) and transported to the other side of the closure in order to full fill their booked cruising season... always full the year ahead due to their popularity
Having exchanged information re other issues along the network, I came away with a chap to email at CRT for more accurate information (from a business owners perspective) in regards, emergency stoppages and likely repair times etc.
Once they moved off, we floated across (still in the rain) and filled up the tank, emptied the crew loo and WOULD have done a pump out - HAD the crt pipe been long enough to reach across the front of the bow to the starboard discharge ports... alas it wasn't.
Instead, we chugged along in the rain still and went as far as Riley Green visitor moorings - the pub that burned down is still burned down/demolished and it's such a waste.
Next morning after doing chores and watching tv (still in the rain) after lunch, when their boat had passed by, I chugged us into the marina and a chap came out to assist.