Tuesday, 28 August 2012

The Big One (20-6)

Tuesday 28th August 2012

Bingley Five Rise  to Rodley.

The weather forecast was for good weather. After the rain had finished and under a rainbow we set off down the Bingley Five Rise. The weather gradually improved from dull and overcast through to blue sky's and warm sunshine. While looking at the rainbow I noticed the first slight tint of autumnal colours in some of the trees across the valley.

The Bingley Five Rise and the Bingley Three Rise were manned by CART full time and volunteer staff. It also came as a surprise to find a second set of Volunteers on the Field Lock Three Rise. The Saltair visitor moorings were as usual full up and as usual full up with the same regular moorers!

Our first problem of the day was the swing bridge (211) at Buck Hill and we had to commandeer a couple of people passing by to help get the bridge open. It was the same at Idle swing bridge (212) where we commandeered a couple of passing cyclists.  Only three boats were seen on the move all day.

We are on the seven day moorings at Rodley. A few hours would take us into Leeds but as the river Aire is possibly high and the likelihood of flood warnings in force. There is no need for us to push on for a few days.

Wildlife: Dragonflies seemed to be everywhere. One Emperor and many Brown Hawker, Four Spot Chaser and Banded Demoselle. Jay and kingfisher the best spots of the day. 

Daily Total
Miles: 9.8
Locks: 16
Swing / Lift Bridges: 8
Tunnels: 0
Pump Outs: 0
Engine Hours: 7.0

Accumulated Totals
Miles: 1144.8
Locks: 827
Swing / Lift Bridges: 152
Tunnels. 22
Pump Outs: 13
Engine Hours: 2403.7


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