I do love to see these boats still doing what they were supposed to do. Not a big fan of the tonk-a tonk engines though. Dont think I could stand listening to that for hours on end. Ian would love to own a working boat but he will have to wait until I'm dead and buried and, if I have my way, that wont be for a very long time yet..
Nice to see some dredging taking place at long last and the towpaths being repaired. Shame no piling in place for us boaters to moor to, but I'm sure the walkers and cyclists will appreciate it.
We made good progress towards Nuneaton. We were still following Bascote and Gosport but they certainly didn't hang around averaging about 3.5 mph. The usual rubbish was ever present and bridge 'oles full of hidden hazards but it wasn't until we got to Boots Wharf that the fun began.
Now this is one place that is always a challenge to get by, plenty of moored boats on the offside and not helped by the odd few on the towpath side. So for Bascote towing Gosport this must have been a nightmare.
|Approaching the Wharf|
And then coming out of the bridge hole they met another boat. To say it was a tight squeeze is an understatement.
Our favoured mooring by bridge 11 on the North Oxford was already taken so instead we stopped at Ansty and just in time too as we had to dive into the boat pretty smartly as the rain arrived.
A while later we could hear tooting of a horn, laughter, loud shouts and high revs of an engine. Turns out to be a university bunch of lads and lasses on their way back from a weeks holiday. Told us they thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience other then being robbed while moored at the Dog and Doublet in Bodymoor Heath nr Marsden. Thieves stole, windlasses, mobile phones and even their clothes! It was upsetting for them at the time but they didn't let that spoil the holiday.
|Don't worry folks.... just keep towpath side and you'll be alright.|
|How rude to show ones bottom!|
|Isn't she a pretty duck|
|Tethered on the wide grassy strip on the start of the North Oxford.|