Listing once again this morning we noticed the lack of flow on the river, almost like being back on the canals. In fact it was a good few inches down from last night. At Eynshem lock we asked the lock keeper why that was. It's all to do with the Farmoor reservoir. Water was being pumped into the reservoir from the river and without significant rain in the foreseeable future, conditions would only get worse. In fact an email from C&RT has put a warning out about low water levels and not just on the river.
Lack of diesel was also getting critical. With less then 20% left in the tank, and Ian not wanting to allow the levels to drop any further, we stopped at Oxford cruisers. At 95p Ltr it was expensive and knowing Abingdon was 10p cheaper, we only topped up by 50Ltrs. Getting to the pump was interesting. Had to breast up with a cruiser. Glad there was no flow and no wind blowing today 'cause we may have damaged their hull.
In desperate need of supplies we decided to make a detour along Dukes Cut and head into Oxford along the canal.
What a wake up call. Having spent months on various rivers, we now had to mind our speed and slow down to tickover past the boats. Loads of boats on the approach to Oxford, reminiscent of the K&A Devices section. And once more we had tree growth to contend with. The willows hung over the canal like curtains obscuring our views quite considerably and small branches tried removing everything loose from the cabin top.
Very surprised to see the Oxford moorings nearly empty. Wanting the sun on the solar panels we picked a sunny spot opposite the hire fleet College Cruisers. Will stop for tonight and maybe find a wetherspoons for tonight's dinner, then tomorrow through Isis lock and back onto the Thames.
|Hardly any boats moored.|
And my good deed for the day.
|A cricket rescue........twice from a watery grave.|