Now, remind us never to moor by a railway line, especially the Oxford line. Word of warning, the trains kept running throughout the night so sleep was very intermittent and both of us got up feeling grumpy. We, therefore, set off well before 8 am and to help ease my mood, I volunteered to do the first lock. (took my feelings out on winding the paddle gear!)
|Estimate the track was about 20 feet from the canal.|
|Coming toward Wolvercote lock|
Nice when we reached Dukes Cut. This is another way onto the Thames and would most certainly cut out the long line of moorings we had to pass at tickover, but by bypassing this bit of the Oxford canal one would miss the opportunity of going into Oxford and usually finding somewhere to stop. (Trying to moor on the river at Oxford is almost impossible).
|Oxford Canal continues to the right toward the lock. Left for the Thames.|
|Dukes Cut with its river lock.|
|Debbie, James, Dudley and Ian.|
|I was coming from the other direction so the cans were on the lower arch side.|
|Aubrey lift bridge Thrupp|
|C&RT work boat moored in the winding hole.|
Nice to have some water under the hull again but a tree down half way stopped us in our tracks, especially as a hire boat was going hell for leather towards us.
Getting near to Bakers lock a thick smog seemed to hang in the air. Not smoke as we first thought but grit and dust from the cement works. We tasted it, FS was covered in it and even our eyes had grit blown into them. Not nice!!!
The rain started in earnest as we reached Kirtlington and after long stretches where mooring was impossible we spied a mown edge and FS managed to get right into the side. Within 10 minutes of securing FS the rain stopped and the sun appeared. Oh well, we're here now so this will do very well for tonight.
Oh and passing us later that afternoon....Debbie and James. So it looks like we might well be leapfrogging each other.