Droitwich Spa Marina to Netherwich Basin Droitwich Spa
1.75 miles, 5 locks, 3 swing bridges
No MRI results, but we decided to go for it anyway. We loaded up yesterday and set off in lovely sunshine this morning. It was nicer than this looks!
We had expected the staircase lock to be ready for us, but no, there was someone else coming up. Once he was in the top lock I went to empty the bottom lock - yes we got it right this time! Another boat came up behind us and the helmsman came to lend a hand which is always appreciated.
Onward and through the third lock prior to making our way cautiously under the M5 culvert - a boat was coming towards us which hopefully meant the next lock would be ready for us - it was.
Heading towards the fifth and final lock of the day and another boat coming towards us, so yet another lock ready. Someone was looking down on us today.
After the final lock which has a swing bridge, there is another swing bridge by Waitrose. This is a heavily used pedestrian bridge, which is notoriously difficult to operate. Even at full fitness I found it very hard - it needs someone to push whilst you try to unlock the padlock. These young lads came to my rescue and many hands did, indeed make light work. They even hung around to help be close up once Chris had gone through. They are all about to do their GCSE's so a holiday of lots of revision. I am very grateful for their help - they were a really great bunch of young lads and I wish them well with their upcoming exams.
Chris hovered on the other side of the swing bridge whilst I went to Waitrose for a few bits and bobs
One more swing bridge and we were at Netherwich Basin - where to moor - we could take our pick!
We decided to go near the water point and this was our view from the side hatch. It was a great confidence boost that we had made it and when I checked my emails I found the MRI report - it is definitely arthritis, but more severe than the x-ray showed. There has been a cartilage tear, but I will not do further damage by continuing. There is also a bursa, so maybe some anti inflammatories will help. For the mean time we will continue and I will do my exercises and go back to see the physio when we are home in early June.
The empty basin did not stay that way for long - we were joined by a private boat and two Black Prince boats. What it is to be young and be able to sit like this for a couple of hours!
First night of a cruise and trip past Waitrose demands something a little special for dinner - prawn and cod stew with crusty bread. I can assure you it is very tasty indeed.
and as for Monty - well seems pretty relaxed about the whole deal