Astwood to Crafted Boats
1.5 miles, 2 locks
We had done the hop and skip, so today it was the final jump - mind you we have 'skipped' a day in between! Yesterday we stayed put at Astwood whilst our daughter collected Chris so he could position our car at Stoke Wharf in readiness for us today. My job for the day was some very very deep cleaning in the galley! It feels good to have it done ready for the off in April.
Considering the rain we have had of recent months we certainly chose the right few days to do this trip as we certainly saw more sun than we have done in months. Today was no exception and we had a smooth run to the bottom lock at Stoke Prior which we entered and went up. The first job was to get rid of the rubbish and empty the wee pots before Chris winded and re-entered the lock. By now the side hatch was opposite the car, so we were able to unload the boat with ease.
I opened the paddles and emptied the lock, and opened the gate on the towpath side. Round I went to open the other gate, but it was not to be. This big stick was firmly wedged. I tried wriggling the gate to see if it would shift, but it wouldn't.
Plan B - Chris nudged the boat forward and came to the bow with his trusty book hook
He managed to move it out the way
I then drove to Crafted Boats whilst Chris travelled the couple of hundred yards or so to moor up outside their office. We are now facing the right way to go back to Droitwich on (we hope) 4th March once the jobs have been done.
A successful few days.