Early in the morning Carl got the power card, and after several minutes of panic wondering if we had the right sort of card, we had light! And hot water! We set off via train back to Falkirk. Dissapointingly, Keith was not home. Just as well, because we had along day ahead of us... no time to hang about discussing Sponge Bob and William Wallace!
18 miles along the canal was perhaps a bit too much... the sun was out nearly all day (two sunny days in a row.. a Scottish record?) The highlight of the day was around mile 2 - the Falkirk wheel, where the Union canal meets the Firth and Clyde Canal. The canals are about 50 meters apart in terms of height above sea level - so a giant ferris-wheel like contraption has been built to join the two, lifting boats out of the water and moving them from one canal to the other and back again.... The engineering marvel of the British Ilses spawned a inormation center, a gift shop, 3 cafes and children's play center. Not bad for a loch! Enthusiasts and Junior Wheelies should check out: http://www.thefalkirkwheel.co.uk/index.asp
As far as canals in Scotland go, Firth and Clyde wasn't too bad... it was wider, seemingly older, and a bit more developed in terms of wildlife than the Union. Unfortunatley, it was also straighter, creating a very boring walk staring directly into the sun. 18 miles and a bus ride later we were back in Glasgow. (With power).