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Friday 14th March 2008

Location: Goring, Oxfordshire, Oxford Canal

Today: 30 miles, 10 locks. Total distance: 1225 miles.  Total locks: 772

Our busiest day ever.

Pulled the pins and dropped down through Isis lock and onto the Thames. Had great trouble making headway under the old railway swing bridge due to the strong river flow through this narrow section. We were only just inching forward on full power. Once onto the main Thames and going with the flow things became much better. The river was flowing at about two miles an hour – the GPS indicated that we were averaging six miles an hour when the engine was on revs that would normally have us doing about four miles and hour.

Most of the locks we on the way were unmanned. The ones that have been electrified are easy but the one that have to be operated by hand are hard work.

Abington lock was manned and we bought our one day licence there - £32. The license is valid for the day you buy it plus all of the next day.

We caught up with nb Balmaha at Benson lock. Balmaha was planning on mooring up for the night at Wallingford and we were planning on a quick stop there to pick up a chicken from Waitrose for the BBQ. We met a boat that had just come up through Wallingford and the owner informed us that there were very few mooring spots left due the space being given over for winter moorings. We decided that it was best if Balmaha went ahead, moored up first then if we couldn’t find a mooring spot we could breast up beside them – this is what we ended up having to do. You would think that a town such as Wallingford would like to attract visitors by providing mooring spots??

We shared the Goring lock with Theo on nb Theodora. Theo is one of the moderators on the Canal World Forum – very nice chap.

We decided to moor up at Goring as there are some very good visitors moorings there and by the time we arrived there we were both tired and in need of a rest and a glass of wine or two. Fired up the BBQ and cooked the Waitrose chicken – much better tasting than the cheaper Tesco ones.

Current mooring

Following large trip boat below Oxford

Nice countryside - shame about all the plastic bags

Abingdon

Nice bridge

Following Balmaha out of lock

Vanessa and Mo

Nice house

 
   
 

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