|Last surviving part of Dickinson's Apsley Mills|
|Massive cill leak at Boxmoor lock - no paddles are drawn in this picture!|
We rather expected to make quite slow progress, and indeed so it proved - quite a lot of boats are now travelling the same direction as us, quite a few of which we recognise from the festival. With two boats, and being somewhat over-tired, we are not that fast anyway, but can generally roughly match the pace of those ahead and behind. We had arranged for Cath to leave the car at Boxmoor, thinking Michael might need picking up by about the time we got up to that point. However a call to the ward suggested that even though he was out of surgery and awake, he would be "several more hours", which left us in a quandary about what to attempt next.
|Bridge operators view at Winkwell swing bridge.|
Once through the Winkwell rail bridge, we encountered another loose wide-beam floating tied only by one end. Once I had worked out how to get a sledge hammer to David he re-moored yet another boat.
It was getting on for 7:00 pm before Cath set off to collect Michael, who was finally being released, complete with crutches. She has now ferried him home, where he is not allowed to be on his own.
Thinking back to this morning, (and as I have titled this post), I wish that I knew then what I know now!
Home Park (Kings Langley) to Winkwell
Miles per boat: 4.7, Miles both boats: 9.3, Locks: 10
Total Trip Miles: 150.7, Locks: 91