ALL FIXED NOW. PHEW.
Another day on the canal, part of Operation Tickover. Gentle exercise to help strenghten up the knee joints. Ferried the mountain bike out to Radford Semele to gain access to the canal.
Travelled East on the canal, heading for Long Itchington. The canal does follow the contours of the countryside in the main, with several locks between Radford and Long Itchington. These are the ones at Bascote.
Two Boats Inn Long Itchington
The ride up to Long Itchington is very rural, very little signs of habitation on the way. The towpath ia a bit rocky at times and I would imagine a bit muddy in wet weather. Like the Oxford Canal, the path has been maintained well having recently been mowed. At the bridge that carries the A423 Banbury to Coventry Road, there are two pubs, one on either side of the canal. The first picture is of the Two Boats pub, the second is The Cuttle. Not surprisingly with the canal traffic, both offer meals all day long as well as other facilities.
Disused Railway Bridge Radford
An impressive piece of architecture is this bridge. This would have been an addition to original canal, the railways coming quite a few decades after the waterways. Now redundant, after Mr Beeching, this is presently at the end of a Greenway that runs along the old railway. It would be good to see this Greenway extended to use the bridge. Comprising of several Arches, there must be a few thousand bricks in the making of this. Just before taking this I found a large thorn in my front tyre and it was hissing ominously! Luckily I have 'Slime' in the inner tubes, a self sealant, and I got home with out any problems.
Another good ride on new ground today. I didn't set the GPS so haven't recorded this ride on Strava but have measured on Google maps (Where would we be without all these gizmos) and it was 10 miles. No after effects either which is good.