My first task of the day, as yesterday, was to top up a low pound just above our first lock. This didn't take long and we were soon on our way. We had a small amount of light drizzle at one point, but it didn't last long. For most of the day we enjoyed excellent bright and sunny weather, albeit with a stiffish breeze.
Immediately above Lock 46 is a wonderfully secluded arm with bollards and no apparent restrictions. This would make an excellent overnight - or longer - mooring. There's even the stump of an old crane to add interest. If we'd known we might well have gone up the extra two locks yesterday.
The following photo of Jubilee cruising the Rochdale Canal is ruined by the horrible splodge!
Then I switched on. Nothing. On closer inspection I saw that the pipework inside the water point had been disconnected. Oh dear. Coil up hose, put away. (Did I remember to screw the water filler cap back on, unlike last time?)
At the head of the lock I put my bike on board and joined Jan for the short cruise to the first of the descending locks. This was the first time I'd steered today. I've done the Rochdale Canal more by bike than boat; next time we'll have to get more crew so I can do a bit of steering!
Warland Gate Swing Bridge could have been where we came unstuck, had it not been for the timely assistance of a passing walker. A recent rain storm had left the iron track on which the bridge runs covered in mud. The mud stopped the bridge's supporting wheel from revolving, and needed the brute strength of the passer by, Jan and me to push the bridge open. Once the bridge was open I cleaned the mud off the track with a stick, and it closed sweetly with no undue effort. No doubt it will work like that until the next rain washes mud onto the track again. I'll have to e-mail CRT and suggest they clean all the mud away.
Naturally a windlass was thrust in his hand!
There is much more (as always) to say, including writing about meeting
And this is tonight's mooring: Jubilee on the left; Happy Daze on the right.
edited to correct spelling