Ya know, I should have know better. When Mike was sick the last couple days, I should have been more prepared… cause now I have it!!!
I wasn’t feeling great the night before so I went to bed early, I can’t even tell you how we left the dock, I didn’t even know we were moving. So most of what you see is the sheer bliss Mike experienced driving, operating, and manning the boat himself today. I could not even get out of bed.
He got a little way down the canal and then docked and came down. We had a little dinner and watched a movie, then back to bed for me. If this is what Mike felt like last week then I have no idea how he managed to get out of bed for even a little while.
Hope tomorrow I feel better.
Nope. Still sick, and I mean horribly sick, I cannot move. Everything hurts.
So I am going to narrate on behalf of Mike. We have to run the boat motor for at least 5 hours for our electricity to work, so every morning around 10am Mike goes out to drive us a little further down. Today he has to operate a small foot bridge and a LARGE set of locks. I know he is loving this.
Luckily the lock keepers were willing to help Mike out with operating the locks so all he had to do is drive into them. Here is what it looks like to drive into one on the boat.
We also had to drive through some fairly long tunnels, it is very dark on the boat when that happens, but I slept through most of it. Here are some pictures of Mike’s journey.
It is gorgeous countryside. Most people take these boats out in the summer, we were the only people actually driving that we saw. It made for a very peaceful, relaxing trip. We WILL definitely come back and do this another time. It was that cool.
Here are the guys helping Mike with the locks.
It was a cold but sunny few days and then we lost the coveted sun and were driving in an eerie like fog the rest of the time. Actually very pretty and mysterious.
The night of day 3 I was ready to throw my hands up and say I have to go to a doctor, I HAVE NEVER been this sick, it was the worst. Luckily, the next morning I was much better and on the mend. Crisis averted.
The narrow or canal boat vacation really is all about relaxing. You cannot drive fast, there is really no destination to get to, it is just chuggin along down the river. We played games, read books, I napped ALOT! we watched S.O.A., a British version of House Hunters (but WAY better) called Location, Location, Location and generally chilled out.
It was very cold and we can see why most people wait for warmer weather, but it was still beautiful and so incredibly glad we had this opportunity. We got this through a timeshare my parents have called RCI, usually I am not impressed with some of the locations, but this one is a winner!
So we have to turn around now and head back to Union Wharf, we didn’t make it very far due to illness and timing but it was still great. Here I am actually helping instead of sleeping.
I did drive the boat just incase something happened and I needed to, we were heading back to the Foxton Locks and this time I was manning the locks, all 10 of them!
It was a very sunny and warmer day so the Locks were busy with people enjoying the seldom seen sun, so we had an audience… also very few people go through the locks in the winter so we were entertainment for many children and adults who never actually see them operated.
The lock keeper also helped me out.
We made it through all and stopped at the bottom for a little hot chocolate then docked for night, we wanted to be back early so we could spend the last night at the wharf to check out and catch a bus to the airport in another town. We pushed through some ice that had developed, it was very LOUD down below, Mike is loving life.
The last morning we woke to SNOW! The first of their season, we were very lucky. We were told it rained for almost an entire month before we got there and it didn’t rain once on the boat and only snowed the day we left. An amazing experience and one we hope to do again some day.