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Boat Blog: The Odyssey 2015 – Day 10

Posted by indigodream on 30 June, 2015

Wednesday 27th May

Mytholmroyd to Sowerby Bridge

That's a serious cill!

That’s a serious cill!

We had a rare deadline today – passage through Tuel Lane lock has to be booked in advance on mid-week days so we had get there by 11am.

As it was an easy trip from Mytholmroyd, we didn’t need to start out until 9am. We’d had a quiet night on the moorings and we set out in good spirits. Although the canal feels less isolated here, there were still plenty of delights, incluing the call of a cuckoo in the valley below lock 5. We haven’t heard a cuckoo in our part of Surrey for some years, so it was joyful thing (despite their unethical breeding practices!).

Looking back, I found a cryptic note in my little black book – “Paddle Horn pub recommended by Dr Bradley’s linctus”. Hmmm, research needed! Aha, that would be the Puzzle Hall Inn and it’s narrowboat Dr Bradley’s Linctus, whom we last met on the River Soar, but now here as this is his home!

We were soon at Tuel Lane deep lock – wow, it really IS deep! It also felt pretty short – especially at the back where I suddenly found myself looking up at the monumental cill way above my head. This is NOT one to get stuck on!

Just beyond the deep lock, there’s a tunnel – watch out, it has quite a curve, which I wasn’t expecting! I was busy at the helm as I emerged quite untidily from the tunnel, but Richard, at the bow, spotted our old share boat, nb Dragonfly, about to go up Tuel Lane. We went down the next lock (lock 2) and he hared back up to fulfil a dream – photographing our log books from our cruising days on Dragonfly. By some miracle, the owners have kept over 10 years’ worth of log books on board!

A rare appearance by all four hounds :-)

A rare appearance by all four hounds 🙂

In the meantime I moored above lock 1 to wait for him. LOCK ONE – having started from Castlefield Basin, lock 92 – phew. The deep lock replaced locks 3 & 4 so there are only 91 locks on the Rochdale in 31 miles, see not as heavily locked now that there is one less lock.

I wandered out with the hounds, Lock 1 was full and I opened the gate ready for Indigo Dream, but I hesitated to go in without a crew. It got a bit awkward, as I walked back to the boat, I was overtaken by some lads in their late teens, running along the towpath and horsing around with a rugby ball. I had a feeling, and yep, the next minute, one of them has stepped onto Indigo Dream’s back deck. I made an assumption and drew in a fully supported diaphramatic singing breath and yelled “GET OFF MY BOAT” – the lad on deck looked shocked and started blubbering “but I was…..” I stopped him with another “GET OFF MY BOAT RIGHT NOW” – he got off my boat!

Then, oh dear, the lads explained in tones of great hurt, that they’d got on my boat to knock on the door – they were from a boat below the lock waiting to come up and wanted to know when I was coming down. As he was explaining, another boater who’d heard me yelling came to see if I needed any help with the vandals. I was very red-faced explaining my error…

I rang Richard to get him back and I took Indigo Dream into the lock. I’d enlisted the help of another boat crew wanting to come up but Richard caught up before we’d got very far. He was full of excitement at seeing Dragonfly, chatting to the owners and getting the logs – I was muttering, feeling embarrassed at yelling at innocents and holding up the lock!

The river Calder at Sowerby Bridge....

The river Calder at Sowerby Bridge….

We’d booked a few weeks mooring with the nice people at Shire Cruisers for the bargain rate of £25 a week. Initially we moored on their service point – this gave us good access to the office to make arrangements for the mooring and to offload hounds/luggage. While Richard was getting the boat sorted, I headed off to the train station. It was a slightly longer trek than I expected and as I was trying to work out how to get to the station I heard the train move along the tracks on the viaduct above me – curses! There was a good half-hour wait for the next one, but this was no bad thing as I got acquainted with the friendly folk at the Jubilee Refreshment Rooms – a distinctly superior station tea-room. The time passed quickly and I was soon reclaiming the car from the excellent free parking provided by Todmorden council!

When I got back, we packed up quickly and moved the boat to its visitor mooring, brested up to two other boats. This meant we had to load the dogs before we moved, but it was a cool day and they seemed very happy to settle into the luxury nest that is my car boot! We set off for the long drive home, via a convoluted route dreamed up the satnav – a scenic route, but we needed a motorway not scenery, we’d had plenty of that along the canal 🙂

Photoblog:

There are still views - even after the long descent from the summit...

There are still views – even after the long descent from the summit…

Nice :-)

Nice 🙂

Welcome to Sowerby Bridge....

Welcome to Sowerby Bridge….

At the top to Tul Lane lock - looks quite innocuous from here....

At the top to Tuel Lane lock – looks quite innocuous from here….

But it's rather a big hole down here...

But it’s rather a big hole down here…

nb Dragonfly - our first taste of ownership - but it wasn't long before we wanted more than 3 weeks of boating per year!

nb Dragonfly – our first taste of ownership – but it wasn’t long before we wanted more than 3 weeks of boating per year!

Approaching lock 1 and the end of the Rochdale canal...

Approaching lock 1 and the end of the Rochdale canal…

One tired puppy!

One tired puppy!

There's never any trouble getting the hounds into the car at the end of a trip - it's their big chance to catch up on their sleep :-)

There’s never any trouble getting the hounds into the car at the end of a trip – it’s their big chance to catch up on their sleep 🙂

 

 

One Response to “Boat Blog: The Odyssey 2015 – Day 10”

  1. Kevin TOO said

    Sue said… “GET OFF MY BOAT” – the lad on deck looked shocked and started blubbering “but I was…..”

    Kevin says… I’d have reacted exactly the same as the lad but would then have sought psychiatric help ROFLMAO

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