I started keeping a computer diary so that I could get some posts out early on our return. However, with no electricity connection to keep the laptop battery topped up, that didn’t last and I ended up making hastily pencilled notes on scraps of paper after day 2!
Day 1. 18th April 2017
We set off pretty early, away by 9.45 bearing in mind we had to fill up with water, clear down the electric and get ourselves organised!
Start time on the engine read 235.3 hr.
We didn’t last long and had our first cup of tea en route at 10am!
We hit the motorway at 10.28, and were through Strencham lock by 11.24.
Funny how doing the locks all came back to us, and it wasn’t too bad at all.
We reminisced about the first time we ever did it, how nervous I’d been, and how practical we’d been going up in the car to look at how it was done beforehand.
Eckington Bridge was our next point of interest, and I took her through with no trouble at all. It had been a bit dodgy when we first arrived as bits tended to fall off it!
The Swan’s Neck in the river is so relaxing, and perhaps in 50 or so years it will be a straight line rather than the graceful curves we experienced today.
Nafford Lock gates were heavy, and there is a swing bridge you have to pull back before entry.
Again it was no trouble for us, and on exiting we saw Simon II, a 70 footer that had originally been in Basin 2 and home for over thirty years to a couple we became friendly with. They sold it eighteen months ago and the new owners sank her in less than a week.
We were through Nafford just before 1pm, our destination being Pershore rather than Comberton Quay for our first night.
We passed one of our favourite properties and wished!
I took her into the lock, making a bit of a ballsup but at least I didn’t do my pinball impression, and coming out after locking up was pure textbook. I berthed her at the recreation ground too, and even though I approached my target a little too fast, I didn’t hit anything I shouldn’t and we were moored safely by 14.45.
End time on the engine was 240.3hr, so we had kept to our timetable of cruising for five hours a day.
We did a bit of shopping in Asda, and decided to have an early night as both of us had not slept at all well the night before.
Nerves, anxiety, sorrow, or a combination of all of those I suppose.
We know Maggie is in safe hands,. When we rang with our progress report, she had been looking for us to return by waiting for a while by the front door. She soon settled though.