Monday 7th September 2020
Tibberton to Droitwich Spa Marina
4 miles, 3 locks, 1 tunnel
It was a dull and overcast day, but dry and not cold. The journey along the Worcester Birmingham Canal was peaceful and uneventful. I spent most of it inside packing and tidying up. By the time we got to Hanbury Junction I was out and ready to lend a hand.
It is a very sharp left turn to get through the junction on to the Droitwich Canal. Chris carefully lined us up and moved forward very slowly. Monty and I always get off at the junction so we can walk on the to locks. As we emerged there was a boat coming towards us. As you can see there was plenty of room and all should have worked out just fine for us to pass safely port to port in the usual way.Things went awry, which happens to the best of us at times and they ended up with the bow pointing at the off side. All could still have worked - Chris shouted out (loud enough to be heard over the engines, but not in any way aggressively) that they should pass starboard to starboard, ie on the wrong side. It would have worked perfectly and they would have then been lined up for the junction. Unfortunately the man on the towpath was having none of that and the language that emanated from his mouth is unprintable. It was not just foul language and it was aimed directly at Chris. He said we should never have come through, but should have waited! I am sure the picture above shows that was not the case.