Another beautifully sunny day. We packed up this morning and loaded the car, taking far more off the boat than usual. We had quite a lot of fresh food on board as we hadn’t been expecting to end the trip so soon, and we raided the can cupboard, taking home lots of staples so we don’t need to try to find them in shops. We left just after 9, and with the roads being very quiet had a good drive home. We noticed, though, that the roadworks on the M6 were still being worked on, with apparently no rules on social distancing being observed; if it turns out that transmission rather among construction workers are high, we’ll know why.
It’s been an unusual trip — much shorter than planned, without reaching any of the places we’d planned, and ending in a completely different place from where we’d planned. With lots of discussions and agonising about what to do and when to turn back, it also hasn’t been as relaxed as usual. But we have seen a few miles of new waters, and we’ve had some fantastic days of boating in pretty good weather.
When we’ll get back to the boat is anyone’s guess. It would be nice to think that at some point we’ll be able to make the most of its temporary northern home.