|Getting ready for departure at Stretton|
|Autherley stop lock, where the "Shroppied" ends.|
|Entering Wolverhampton Bottom Lock - Start of ascent.|
|The impressive railway aqueduct, part way up.|
|Mostly I steered - Cath and (particularly) David did the hard work.|
|Cath and David close the final gate at the top lock.|
After that our target of getting to the Black Country Museum moorings was an absolute doddle, and instead of being there late afternoon, as we though we might, we had found a mooring and tied up by about 3:00 pm. This was quite good news, as, by then, it was already the last mooring available in the preferred secured area at the end, outside the museum, and in sight of Dudley tunnel.
I have never in the past done the trip into the tunnel and mines on the Dudley Canal Trust electric boats, but was able to book myself on the 3:30 tour. Cath was getting worried about school work, so gave it a miss.
|"Chalice" tied up with "Iona 2" breasted alongside.|
Whilst each of our dogs thankfully coexisted with each other in complete harmony, we enjoyed a very sociable evening, sat out the front of the boats, and sipping glasses of wine. One of the great things about this life, is you never quite no who you will re-meet, where or when.
Stretton Aqueduct to Black Country Museum
Miles: 14.8, Locks: 22
Total Miles: 374.0, Locks: 206 (Worked)