S: The Canal Trip
BC: Our extra traveling friend
FC: Our canal trip, June/July 2003
1: Our Canal Trip June/July 2003: The Bakers The Coffins Rebbecca Hall Kerry Weinberg
2: June 2003, we six friends left our homes to fly to London and embark on a canal trip to Wales. Upon meeting up at Heathrow Airport, we picked up a "people mover" and drove through the Cotswolds to Chester to spend the night and prepare for our canal trip. Chester is Joan's birth place, an old Roman city with shops in "rows" above the street, a town crier and original Tudor buildings. After a night's rest, we left Chester for Chirk, a small village in Wales, where we traded the people mover for a canal boat. After a very short lesson on this 70 foot long narrow boat, we, the DRIVERS, were on or way! We made breakfast and lunch most days on board and pub crawled our way through Wales in the evening. The scenery was fabulous, & the relaxation was just what everyone needed. The boat's high speed, 4 mph ,was about the slowest walking speed on a treadmill! The tow path along the canal made it possible to walk when ever we wanted to. The ladies were on bridge and lock duty, so as long as we were available to lift the road when we needed, we were free. It did rain a few times, but it did not bother us. Wimbledon tennis was on TV, so Joan was completely happy!
3: The Cotswolds was on the way to Chester.
4: First stop after meeting in London was the Cotswolds for food. Next stop was Chester, Joan's birth place . This involved a 5 hour car journey on the OTHER side of the road. Scary for the Americans. The Cotswolds are famous for the stone all its buildings are made from.
5: Here is Joan standing by the baptismal font she was christened at when she was less than a year old. The town crier at the cross in Chester welcomed her back!. Tudor buildings in Chester were everywhere.
6: Chester Cathedral . Joan's parents were married here and Joan and her sister were christened here. (Right) One of the main streets in Chester.
8: Do they really dress like this in England?
9: From England into Wales. Watch the language change!
10: Finally! We made it to Chirk to pick up the canal boat.
12: Our boat was 70 feet long and slept eight!
14: Gosh, this boat is long!
15: Time to park and get some dinner at the local pub.
16: We did it! | We can move roads... | ...from flat... | ...to high up! | -The Bridge Crew
17: Little did know the cumulative story telling effect from this massive boat parking lot!
18: We enjoyed a fun visit by Joan's sonographer friends from Birmingham. Gillian Catell is the ergonomic queen of England and was part of the consensus conference in May 2003 in USA.
19: Where are OUR flowers?! Aah! The benefits of year 'round canal boat ownership!
20: How do these locks work again ?!
22: The Lock Handlers and the Road Movers The only boat flying the American flag!
23: The country side is breath taking!
26: The flowers in England are beautiful! Here is a sampling of some of the ones we encountered.
27: Wait for me! I just need the sun to shine!
28: We kept winding our way down the canal enjoying the pace and smooth ride. One night, there was a sudden large bang and the boat shook! Everyone woke up! Joan fell out of her bunk!
29: Wait! Who is that at the helm?! Looks dangerous! Even the school children look worried.