(Very retrospective post for Thursday 23rd May)
|Never far from a tall chimney - Flamingo leads Saltaire|
We were, frankly, a bit shattered on arrival, and it has been a delight to actually spend quite a number of days where we didn't need to go anywhere. However the consequences of that are that if you have not written up previous days, it becomes progressively harder to actually remember everything that actually happened, and trying to re-visit Thursday now feels a bit like that.
|Trying to free Saltaire without grounding Flamingo.|
|Low pound - trying to find enough water to get through|
To non "boaty" friends "not in our favour" means the locks had been left empty by the boats ahead, so all needed refilling before we could enter them, and go down in them ourselves - not unusual, but always more work, and it heavily slows you down unless someone is sent ahead on foot well in advance to prepare them - usually good practice. However the levels in many of the pounds were low, and we were struggling with depth. In these cases having someone setting the locks ahead can actually be counter-productive, as it is lowering the pound the boat is trying to get through, may make grounding more likely, and if you do ground, it may be very hard to become "ungrounded" if the water around the stranded boat goes down even more. We had to be very careful about having someone "setting ahead" often choosing to only fill locks once we were successfully through the pound that the water to do so would be taken from - less problematic, but it slows things down considerably.
|Sometimes finding a way through low water was harder.|
Also, I had been warned about certain locations, but didn't know where they were - only when I grounded firmly in a narrow bit where much of somebody's garden was now in the canal did I realise "this is the bit they were talking about where somebody's garden is now in the canal!"
|We weren't sure of exact location of event - not here, it seems.|
|It didn't take long to find Morris Dancers - |
these are the Hebden Bridge Hill Millies.
The boat looked well used, (or maybe abused!), unwashed, and unpolished. However we were knackered, and sorting that out could wait for another day!
Todmorden to Hebden Bridge
Miles 4.4, Locks: 10
Total Miles 183.6, Total Locks: 173