Post for Thursday 14th August
Almost at the first lock we met with a hire boater who told us horror stories of other boaters stranded in shallow pounds without water for more than two hours, boaters who had turned back from going over the summit because of lack of water. However, for us, it's too late to turn back, so we kept going.
|Hebden Bridge |
|Canoe centre below Lobb Mill lock.|
|Lobb Mill lock|
|Another guillotine gated lock - in Todmorden, this time.|
|The "Great Wall of Todmorden" allegedly contains over 4 million bricks.|
After an hour he was seen by the Triage nurse, who said that he would have to wait another hour and a half or so to be stitched. Meantime we sat in the waiting room with a large number of people, none of whom seemed to have any visible injuries.
|The locks are more attractive than Rochdale Urgent Care Centre!|
20 years ago if we had been in this situation we would have had to walk to the nearest payphone, to ring the hospital, and to ring the taxi firm. We would have been operating in the dark, with no idea of local services. As it was we could identify where we were - from Google Maps - and then work out from that to what we needed to know. A matter of a few minutes on the Internet.
The couple on the boat that we had shared only one lock with had decided to moor up because of the rain - or perhaps because we seemed to be a bit accident prone. We hoped that they would decide that they wanted to share locks with us in the morning.
Hebden Bridge to Walsden
Miles: 7.0 (Chalice), 0 (Sickle), Locks: 22
Total Miles: 581.7, Locks: 352