Day 25 Shipley to Rodley
We are approaching Leeds but we are making slow progress, there are so many swing bridges and it is raining continuously, it has been raining all day, I am not going out in it and so I am not taking my owners for their walks and I have not been naughty. I have been sleeping a lot.
The weather started off vey promising, with weak sunshine and we were looking forward to having a nice dry rendezvous at Rodley around lunch time to have a minor crew change.
In the event we made it only a far as Apperley at a convenient marina wharf for the change over in the rain but this turned out to be a good and convenient loading and unloading area.
Two young humans, Emelio and Ruben, of the grandchild variety joined us today for a few days and Mike and Barbie left us for a few days and will be returning next weekend.
We really hope to make Leeds tomorrow and then we have some decisions to make. Plan A is quite an adventurous journey back to base. My bearded one says he will explain this in detail later but suffice to say, we may need some extra muscles for the voyage ahead. If we are not thwarted by any stoppages due to the heavy rains. This means a climb over the Pennines, from all accounts, a memorable journey!
I did get out and brave the rain for a short while periodically today because we had some more staircase locks to negotiate. They are fun and a boy has to do what a boy has to do from time to time.
These staircase locks today are like the Bingley sets that we managed yesterday. This is where the water from the top lock chamber is used to fill the lower chambers. A great water conservancy process, as if we need it! It is however, quite ingenious.
A naughty crow took my bearded one’s donut while we were off my long kennel at a staircase lock see photos. – The naughty crow and a set of the staircase locks.
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