We are limited to weekend moving of SICKLE if we are to both be involved, due to Cath's job. Although we are not certain exactly what moves we are planning before we try to get SICKLE to events in June at Stoke Bruerne and then Braunston, we do know we want her a lot closer to our home. It is obvious that certain items need attention, and it would not be feasible to keep travelling as far up as the boat currently is. So the objective of these first two week-ends is simply to progress as far as we can with an untried boat. As neither of us has recent experience with a deep draughted boat, we realise plans may need to change, depending on progress.
Another constraint is trying to do what we can by train to avoid the use of two cars, and positioning moves. If either of our sons were drivers, life might be simpler!
So, like last week, it was the 05:30 alarm, quick baths and a comfort break for Charlie the dog, then off to the station on bikes.
SICKLE has been at Atherstone for a week, but a kind person called Carol has been keeping an eye on it, for which we are most grateful. As we had battery charging problems last week, and as the battery may have suffered, we wondered if the engine was going to start. I failed the test of trying to hand crank it, so in the end pressed the button, and, thankfully off it went.
|Progessing up the Atherstone flight of locks|
Amongst the waits, I sorted a few things out, including setting up computer and Internet. I also checked something I now really wish I had checked last week. The bloody tunnel lamp doesn't work - not ideal if we have to tackle Braunston tunnel tomorrow - one of the longer and busier ones.
|Making the turn at "Sutton Stop" - Easy with just a 40 foot boat!|
|Nearly round, and now on the Oxford|
|TAYGETA -We last saw this at Anderton, nearly 2 years ago.|
|Steady progress on the Ocford|
Atherstone Bottom Lock (Coventry Canal) to Near Brinklow (Oxford Canal)
Miles: 21.1 Locks: 12
Total Miles: 51.8, Total Locks: 23