|I've no idea if it would have been safe to fly this yesterday!|
This was to be an easier day, but, exhausted, we didn't race to get away, and several boats had passed in our direction before we did. The canal, (we had now joined the Staffs and Worcs), was unexpectedly busy. We found several boats queuing for the first lock, and, although it abated a little as the day progressed, for most of the day we seemed to be in a kind of Southbound "convoy", with very few boats actually travelling the other way. This meant that virtually very lock was against us, and had to be "turned" - that is the last boat through has left it full, and we have to empty it first, before we can use it.
|We first collected Sickle from here less than a year ago.|
|Sicle passes historic pair Monarch and Grimsby|
|About to pass under into Gailey lock|
|The distinctive lock house at Gailey is a famous canal landmark.|
|Sickle after arrival, opposite Hatherton Junction.|
We then commenced our first evening of practice before the main party - something we would get another crack at tomorrow, before the real thing!
Tixall Wide to Calf Heath
Miles: 14.6, Locks: 12
Totals for extended trip....
Miles: 121.9, Locks: 55