Friday, 21 September 2012

The Big One (24-2)

Friday the 21st of September 2012

Beal Lock to Goole Boatyard

It was quite cold overnight and we had the central heating on. It's a bit rare for us to use the central heating as we prefer the multi fuel stove. However as we have run out of logs and coal it was back to the backup heating system. We have stayed overnight at Beal Lock on a number of occasions. It is a quiet mooring at the end of the lock pontoon.

First job this morning was to fill up the water tank. The second was to connect up our new second three way fridge that we keep in the front cratch. I tested it with Gas and with mains via the inverter. I also need to test it on a 12volt connection.

Yesterday we wondered why the gates and sluices had been left open at Haddlelsey Flood Lock. Today we found the same situation at Bank Dole Lock, once again the top gates and sluices had been left open. Obviously we are following a boat that does not return locks back to the normal state!

We arrived at Whitley lock to find it manned and we were penned down in no time at all. After leaving Whitley Lock we rescued an almost full Calor gas bottle complete with regulator from the cut. Once again we have to thank a mystery benefactor.  At Heck Bridge just before Pollington Lock we were passed by a gravel barge heading for Goole. We arrived at Pollington, just as the barge was exiting the lock and we were penned down once again.

There was no other boat traffic on the move until we reached the New Junction Canal where three boats came out and turned towards Pollington Lock, we flitted across the junction between the first and second boats. The New Junction moorings are another one of our favourite places to stop.

We arrived at Goole Dutch Riverside to find that it was a tight fit to the visitor moorings. A couple of boats on the moorings had left themselves plenty of elbow room. 

Into the Goole Boathouse for a beer tonight!

Daily Total
Miles: 18.8
Locks: 3
Swing / Lift Bridges: 0
Tunnels: 0
Pump Outs: 0
Engine Hours: 6.1

Accumulated Totals
Miles: 1285.5
Locks: 866
Swing / Lift Bridges: 161
Tunnels. 22
Pump Outs: 14
Engine Hours: 2455.0


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