I'd meant to post the other night but as I mentioned, someone had used up my monthly bandwidth on my works phone... I DO have a private one but it's a bit "Fisher-Price my first phone" (without internet access).
So - the bank-holiday weekend.
You may remember at work we had 2 rides to deliver and install down in Margate... THIS time I made it very clear I would not be much use... what with my back problems (still not improved after the facet joint injections) and rubbish hands (imagine having a "funny bone" being knocked in the palm of your hand and you'll not be far off the pain) - ON that basis, the boss man agreed it'd be a waste of money putting me up in a hotel for a week if I would only be firing on 3 cylinders... 3 would be optimistic compared to my normal full steam ahead but I didn't say anything ... (most unlike me)
Having gotten out of the trek down there, we met at the boat on Friday night after work and agreed to get an early start Saturday morning.
As part of our plan to 'navigate the entire system', it made sense this time to head up the Calder and Hebble and instead of turning in the Dewsbury arm junction , to go up it to the basin.
Usually when we're chugging, I captain the boat and Andy handles locks. On this occasion however, AS my back and hands were already really bad (and I was self medicating along with a glass of wine), we decided I couldn't really be in much MORE pain so it was my turn.
It was a cold but nice start to the day and the chug home pleasant enough - although Thornes Flood lock off the river was closed which did cause a little hiccup. As the flow wasn't very strong, it wasn't too much of a problem.