We set off again at 7am with Glyn at the helm, I was finishing the blog, which is now much quicker, it works best to update when stationary as I keep losing the phone signal when cruising.
|Oxfordshire at 7am - 4th October|
|A long way down|
|An extremely tight fit|
|A non authorised photograph|
Once the mist had cleared away the sun emerged strongly and stayed all day, a just shirt sleeves day (and trousers of course).
Glyn decided to make lunch, this consisted of mushroom soup and rolls. This did however run into some difficulties as I discovered a particularly shallow stretch of canal and eased the centre of the boat onto some mud. I then jumped off to pole us off while Glyn steered, this shallow canal then continued for about two hundred yards or so and I couldn't get close enough to the boat to get back on, when I eventually did we took the rolls out of the grill - dark!!!, almost immediately we arrived at Enslow Lock and moored up for ten minutes and ate lunch, the rolls were surprisingly good, as was the soup made by our new German chef Heinz.
|Enslow Lock and Mushroom Soup|
|Shipton Weir Lock|
|Thrupp Service Point|
|Cottages by the Canal in Thrupp|
We reached the Dukes Lock around 5pm, where the canal splits in two, with one part going into Oxford and with us continuing down the other leg towards our destination for the evening Isis Lock. We reached Isis at 6.45pm, just made it as the light was falling fast by now, we moored up about 100 yards from the lock. Once through in the morning we do a 180 degree turn and then we are travelling down the Thames, which at this point looks very similar to the canal, but I am sure that will all change. We could not see a restaurant or pub close by and were too tired to go walking so its our third frugal meal of the day, Corned Beef, tinned Jersey potatoes and Branston pickle, Glyn had Trappist ale which went with the food very well and I had Chilean Savignon Blanc, which was not the perfect match. Another satisfying day and we are bang on schedule.