Here's where we tied up last night. A few commercial barges were still traversing these waters even after dark.
An old lift lock. You can see the "bath" at the top where one barge is - and one at the bottom. They have a similar method in Canada (Peterborough Lift Lock) which we traversed a few years ago in a different boat. Hydraulic rams smooth transport the boats up or down. We think this would make a neat house renovation project! Here's a YouTube video of the one in Canada (it's a tourist boat, we were too busy oohhing and arrhhhing to take a video when we locked through!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCwvfRXcopE
Just while we are in Canada, have you seen this? It is the Big Chute Marine Railway - it's a boat lift at lock 44 of the Trent-Severn Waterway in Ontario, Canada. It works on an inclined plane to carry boats in individual cradles over a change of height of about 60 feet (18 m). It is the only marine railway (or canal inclined plane) of its kind in North America still in use, and is overseen by federally operated Parks Canada. It was an exciting time in Ontario!
We can now continue with our voyage. Apologies for the interlude, but events of the professional and personal kind took over our lives for a few weeks.
If you'd like to know what we've been doing (and it's kinda fun and includes cake!) click here.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are having a short intermission on our travels of the boating sort.... but....
If you so happen to be attending The Horse Of The Year Show this week at Birmingham's NEC, please stop by and say g'day.
Noel and I travelled to England sooner than planned - so our journey 'From France to Belgium will resume in a week or two. In the meantime - I'd be grateful if you would share this message!
You can read a great story, and help a wonderful charity - it's so easy and painless - a win/win for you and for Redwings Horse Sanctuary.
Hope to see you there!
This is our mooring from the previous night. The wind was howling, but we were snug. We watched the clouds, though, as they spiralled and stretched around us.
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