Monday, 29 July 2013

Summer Cruise 2013 (7)

Castleford Lock to Leeds Clarence Dock

More rain fell over night but the sky was full of broken cloud by dawn. The wind was quite cool and blustery. Showers forecasted for later.

Morning: 10:00 Filled up the bow tank with water before joining two other boats and going out onto the River Aire.  Then we came across a sunken boat outside the Boat Inn at Allerton Bywater. A few boats heading down stream.

Afternoon: Fishpond Lock and the monsoon started. Thunder and lightening and a dark lowering sky. The water surface was a maelstrom for fifteen minutes as the rain hammered down. I had to get a complete change of clothes as I was soaked to the skin in seconds. 

Evening: Another good soaking while walking the dogs along the towpath. Then settle back to listen to the rain and a few podcasts from the BBC.

Wildlife: A few Butterflies including Orange Tip, Meadow Brown, Painted Lady, Comma, and a few Dragonflies that included Brown Darter and Four Spot Chaser.

Todays Total.
Miles: 10.9
Locks: 9
Swing / Lift Bridges: 0
Tunnels. 0
Pump Outs: 0
Engine Hours: 7.3
Solar Panels: 2 Ah

Accumulated Total.
Miles: 1496.8
Locks: 992
Swing / Lift Bridges: 196
Tunnels. 24
Pump Outs: 14
Engine Hours: 2605.1
Solar Panels: 9590 Ah

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