Anyway it wasn't a bad journey along the first part of Southern GU although not a big fan of this section. Rubbish was very much in evidence and the problematic floating Pennywort was also seen. This is another plant species that can play havoc on the waterways. It usually forms dense low-growing mats rooting on wet soil near water and can spread across the whole width of the channel. What was just a few patches on the GU turned out to be much more serious further along.
Come rain or shine the grass cutting crew were doing their best to keep the towpaths clear. This time I was pleased to see them stop strimming at moored boats, something other crews in different areas fail to do. One boat had it's own garden to attend. Quite how he sees over the top to navigate is anyones guess. Then another boat had smoke pouring from his chimney. I know the weather isn't brilliant but it's definitely not cold. As we went past his front doors were wide open. Probably a little too hot inside now!!!
Then we ran into another boat, literally. Couldn't really miss it although I did try. Kept coming at us you see but no harm done, at least I didn't sink it. Debated whether to take it and attach to the stern as somewhere to put Ian if he got troublesome. He said it was more like the other way round.
Just after a footbridge between bridges 191 and 190 was the turn into the Slough Arm. Not immediately clear at first where it was but it soon came into view. What wasn't clear until to late what we were going to be up against.
|Slough Arm on the left|
|Turned by Cowley Peachy Junction and Oh dear whats that ahead|
|Soon found out.|
|Floating Pennywort everywhere. Notice the bridge number 0 Is this the only one on the system?|
Just before I posted this the rain about stopped and we went for a walk. This is what we found. Still not sure whether to proceed but Ian wants to know where my sense of adventure is. Somehow I think we will be going on!!!