Day 26 Leeds at last.
What a bonus, we woke up this morning to blue sky and a lot of sunshine. We have completed the 100 mile leg of the Leeds & Liverpool canal.
My long haired one was very happy that we could dry all my old towels, yes they are old towels with which they rub me down when I get wet and also my bearded one lays one out for me To lie on one when I am helping him navigate from the stern deck, all these were soaked.
Although we were less than 10 miles from Leeds this morning it was a day’s cruise from where we were moored at Rodley. This is because we had to negotiate a number of swing bridges and several locks before we could get into Leeds.
Very good news, lots of walking. Our mooring in Leeds is at Clarence Dock. This is a very pleasant and safe mooring right in the centre of the city, just by the Armoury Museum. See photo. I am exhausted.
By a stroke of good fortune, as we approached our first lock of the day, we teamed up with another long Kennel called Zigane this apparently means gypsy in Hungarian and in Italian. On board was a very nice lady (it is her home she proudly told us) her name is Fran. Like us she had lots of visitors who joined her on this trip to help her but there was no sign of any of my kind. This did not matter as my two small humans that we have on board keep me very busy, in fact they wear me out!. Fran was very kind she lent our smallest one, Ruben, a life vest just in case he were to fall in the water.
With all the shared help that we had the the journey was not only entertaining but also hassle free. Fran had travelled this route many times and others nearby as she lives on her long kennel not far away. She was able to impart a lot of knowledge to my bearded one on the options for our future journey south.
Our route plans are still rather uncertain as we are waiting on some flood reports on possible river transits. At the moment it seems likely that we can stay with our original plan to move south on the river Trent. This being the case we don’t have to rush and can explore a little of Leeds.
My photos today are: Our mooring in Clarence Dock and a picture of my two smaller human charges.
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