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  • Day2

    Manchester YHA

    June 24, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    After being in the air with some stop overs for 26 Hours, we finally made it to Manchester airport. We were then picked up by a taxi and driven to Manchester YHA.
    Now Siting in the lobby of the Manchester Youth Hostel Apartments, waiting for our walking buddies to arrive. It is still my birthday.

  • Day3

    Old Trafford

    June 25, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Just finished our first full day In England. We went to the famous stadium, Old Trafford, where the first Ashes were played. We then went to the Manchester United's home ground and did the tour of the stadium, it was really awesome. I bought a Man U jersey. We are missing Storm very much and we love him so much.

  • Day74

    Friends reunited

    July 20, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    We are learning fast the geography of south Manchester, and as Sale tram station is so close to our mooring, the Metro network is proving very practicable for us.
    We text Sonia to arrange a meeting time, grab our big shopping bags and catch the tram to Chorlton, changing at Trafford Bar junction. A short walk along Albany Road and there's Unicorn Co-op. Years ago, representatives of this workers co-operative came to Reading for one of True Food Co-op's special open days. It's great to be visiting them this time.
    The store is big, busy and has just about everything we need and want. We are regularly making our own vegetable probiotics (sauerkraut), so we do two veg. runs, one for meals and one for kraut making. The choice of fresh veg. is truly fantastic - boxes and boxes of varieties of potatoes, onions, greens and salads. Fresh food heaven for us! Sonia and Robin have kindly offered to give us a lift back to Sale, so we can do a massive shop without worrying about carrying it all.
    The wholefood aisles are very extensive, and we buy for the shortage areas of our larder.
    Grain milks we can buy in bulk, which saves us lots... and then we hit the beer and wine racks! Some Lancashire brewery ales need to be tested, and some fortified wines that we've been missing are added to the new-label wines we're going to try. Our friends arrive and boxes and bags full of food are wheeled out to weigh down their poor little car!
    We are all delighted to find we can successfully navigate our way back by road to Sale and our mooring. Robin and Sonia come aboard Pelangi for drinks and a natter. We agree to go to theirs, later in the week, for a meal and a chance for some further catching up.

    We want to visit some places nearer the city centre, and are running short of water, so we decide to head off on the Bridgewater for Stretford and Trafford. Typically, our waterways guide shows boaters' services in the wrong place and on the wrong side of the canal; but eventually we come across the new and modern Stretford Marina, where we fill Pelangi's fuel tanks and water tank (diesel and water respectively!), and utilise the Elsan facility - the cleanest waste disposal Chris has ever come across! As our next canal navigation, after Manchester, will be the Rochdale, we purchase a small, but essential special key to unlock the canal's lock paddle mechanisms.
    Within a couple more miles we have to fork right (east) at a branching of the Bridgewater where the Leigh Arm heads west, eventually connecting with the Leeds & Liverpool canal.
    Then we approach a very famous location for football fanatics - Old Trafford stadium! The commercial and industrial has replaced the rural and residential, and then we see the old, and now defunct, connecting lock to the Manchester Ship Canal! Next in line, so to speak, is the overhead Cornbrook Viaduct (1877) which now carries the city centre Metro. The canal passes under the old viaduct as we near Castlefield Junction.
    Close to the heart of Manchester, the Castlefield Junction is a crossroads for the historic Castlefield basin - undergoing redevelopment; the Castle Quay arm; the Rochdale canal which we plan to take; and the Bridgewater that we came in on. It takes some help from locals for us to get our bearings, but we decide to berth at close by moorings near Castle Quay (there's no castle here, unfortunately).
    Now we will explore Manchester from the centre outwards!
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