Blooming typical. Could have had a lie in but told by C&RT last night, who arrived at our moorings helping an elderly couple up the flight, that we needed to be at guillotine lock 24E by 10am. Quick question then, how long would it take to get to that lock from this mooring. "Roughly 2 and a half hours" came the reply back. So because of their estimate, set off at a tad after 7am.
Offered to do the locks today as Ian had a huge blister on his foot and, after yesterday, felt I should make the effort. Being off the boat I got to see more then normal and was shocked at this stream pouring down the towpath at 18E It was pouring through the walls of the lock as well as bubbling up through the gravel. No wonder water conservation is almost non existent on this canal!.
Having reached Slaithwaite suddenly several claps of thunder but no lightening and only a few drops of rain. Boy were we lucky as it headed off in the distance. So much for the torrential rain forecast for today.
|Well I've got to get into the photos occasionally. Look at all that foliage obscuring the lock entrance.|
|The entrance is there somewhere!!!|
|You can see why it's called a guillotine lock.|
By the time I reached lock 28E I was beginning to flag. The humidity was draining so, with a plaster put on Ian's blister, he took over.
|Another Towpath in a terrible state.|
|No chance of two boats passing here. Last lock Ian drove today.|
|Stuck on the cill|
|You can see why.|
|Now stuck in the middle. Ian running water down.|
|Oh look...stuck again!|
|No chance of getting out of this lock yet!|
|Yep I'm on the cill again!|
|Last lock of today. From now on we head down taking a lock full of water with us. Hopefully no more water problems!|
|More stunning scenery|
|Whats this contraption for. What am I supposed to do with this????|
|Oh it's a windy thingamajig. (It's been a while you see... can you tell?)|