Today was the day when Jim, formerly of Starcross, was to join us for a bit of boating (for him) and a lot of help with locks (for us). His train was due at Piccadilly Station at 0827, but he had said it would be all right if we started without him.
We set off from the central Manchester mooring (is this Dale Street mooring? I still don't know) near Piccadilly at 0745, eager to get some "proper" Rochdale Canal under our belts.
And at Lock 77 there was plenty of detritus which in many places might take months to accumulate, but here I suspect it took rather less time. This morning's little party?
Jim didn't just do lock work; he took his turn on the tiller.
This was fascinating, though: Grimshaw Lane Vertical Lift Bridge on the approach to Chadderton. I'd just hopped off to press the buttons, and hadn't looked to see what sort of bridge it was. I got a surprise to see the whole road deck lift in front of me (I hadn't looked at Nicholsons - the word "vertical" might have given it away).