Those early starts, great for trying to finish Heartbreak Hill but oh the sun. Like yesterday the glare was blinding and even with the Jessie hat and sunglasses, trying to see ahead was difficult.
We even tried to dry the solar panels to help with the glare but that was a pretty useless undertaking. It was a question of put up or shut up, just had to get on with it.
I decided I needed the exercise and locked Ian through the first six locks. Our new method of locking had all the marks of being the best thing since sliced bread. T'was still slow going because although most of the locks on Heartbreak Hill had two singles side by side, both were usually full and it was a question of choosing which lock to empty. It all took time and even with the new system, still took nearly two hours.
|That glare was bad especially trying to aim for the lock 'ole.|
Then at the sixth lock, we met another boat. The lady from this boat helped lift the ground paddle after asking how I would like it raised. "Halfway please" I replied. But then I took the eye off the ball. Nattering away I fully raised my paddle to which she followed suit. It wasn't until FS was almost up that I noticed a casualty of my stupidity. Opening both paddles fully forced FS hard against the gate and our poor button fender came off worse.
|The protective tyre was the first to part company followed by both chains breaking at the sacrificial links|
|A sacrificial wire being replaced.|
|Back in place but without the protective tyre.|
|Running up the bottom gate with the stern fender and having to keep FS on the reverse.|
|Red Bull services|
Now this made me laugh. The generator was running and a fire extinguisher was by its side. I jokingly asked the chap was he expecting a fire. Health and safety says he. I have to have one in case the generator catches fire. Laughingly he said, "But if that had happened I have a ready-made extinguisher right next to it. The canal"!
And more wildlife from yesterday
|The squirrel had strange white marks along the back of its neck.|