|Approaching Dudswell bottom lock.|
|And entering Dudswell bottom lock|
So what better excuse, when you have just returned from a long trip in one boat to go boating in the other one - Sickle's batteries needed charging, (honestly!).
|And descending Dudswell bottom lock.|
|Approaching "Bushes" lock in Northchurch.|
|Returning through "Gas Two" on Sunday before the rain set in.|
After a pleasant evening in the town, and a generally quiet night, we set off back on Sunday, quickly catching a boat that had gone ahead of us.
|Sharing "Bushes" lock on the way back up.|
We tied up a rather wet Sickle, and went home very cold. I think a trip to do some drying off of things is now quite an urgent need!
Edited further to add:
It occurs to me also, that this is the first time Sickle has operated south of Tring summit in our ownership, placing her firmly on territory where I and my brothers know her firmly from as long ago as the early 1970s. I never photographed her in Berkhamsted then, but my brother Mike did. Some time we must try and do "then and now" photos, attempting to put Sickle as close as possible to locations we photographed her then. Here she was tied up at the old gas works site, a firm favourite for tying up BW maintenance boats at the time. I rather have a feeling that these days a lot of bushes might stop you tying Sickle against the bank, but I'm not sure without checking again....
|Sickle in Berkhamsted, early 1970s [Photo: Mike Fincher]|
Cow Roast to New Ground Buffer Depot to Berkhamsted to Cow Roast
Miles: 7.0, Locks: 14