Today "Sickle" was due to restart her travels, after last week's event at the Black Country Museum. Cath's full time job still limits us to a situation where a lot of our boat moving of necessity is a weekend activity, and this requires some fairly creative use of any combination of one or two of any or all of the following - trains, cars, bicycles. This weekend we left home by car, but carrying two bikes, but eventually arrived at the Black Country Museum two trains later, but with bikes. All this takes time, and we knew we would not set off until about mid-day, so decided that today we would only move "Sickle" up into Birmingham, not actually pass through it.
|Waiting for boats coming up at Factory Locks.|
|Better headroom than expected at Brades Road Bridge.|
|BCN's only staircase locks at Brades|
|Spon Lane top lock dominated by the M5|
|Spon Lane bottom lock - new territory for us.|
|Galton Bridge - hard to photograph since Galton Tunnel was built|
|The collected debris from three prop-fouling incidents|
|I don't think these ladies were amongst our "trespassers"!|
Black Country Museum, Tipton to Central Birmingham
Miles: 12.1, Locks: 9
Totals for extended trip....
Miles: 250.9, Locks: 179