Yes, the sun rose and so did I.
I seized the day and backed SONFLOWER from Tom Rolt Bridge to her home mooring, 20 yards north of Marsh Footbridge No 163.
According to Nick's Canal Planner this is a distance of 515 yards. Forwards it would take 10 minutes. Backwards it took me 40 minutes. Only one boat was navigating toward me. I stopped for him to pass and he offered to let me go ahead. He hadn't realised I was going backwards!
I didn't hit another boat as far as I am aware. I was very close to one though and had to use the long shaft to push away from the bank!
A lot of effort for no gas
11 hours ago