|Aubreys lift bridge (Thrupp) in the distance.|
There is something to be said for having a little boat as the sharp left turn after the lift bridge was negotiated with ease and Sun Dance settled nicely on the service point. Time now was 8am and almost to the minute the rain started. Great, thought I, time to stop and sit it out. Wasn't to be though as Ian wanted to push on to get past the two river sections, "just on case the red boards came on". So after watering I grabbed the brolly and we set off for Shipton Weir lock and the River Cherwell.
|Second lift bridge of the day. Another 5 to do.|
|Shipton Weir lock|
|Unusual shape for a double or even triple width lock.|
Ian need'nt have worried because the gauge showed the levels to be in the green......only just mind you......but green nonetheless.
The rain eased and stopped, thank goodness, although only for about an hour. We encountered a hazard during the dry spell. An older sapling had been uprooted, probably because of yesterdays wind and was lying in our path. A gentle nudge showed it could be moved and was easily pushed out of the way.
At Allens lock something went wrong with the steerage. I had been hovering in the middle waiting for Ian to empty the lock and the flow of water took the bow across. I tried to rectify it by going into reverse and then forward but all it did was take the stern into the offside vegetation. I tried forward again, nothing happened. Tried reverse and still nothing happened. By now I was well into the bushes with not a hope of doing anything about it. In the end Ian came to my rescue by grabbibg the bow rope and pulling the front round. Don't know what the problem had been and sods law said that as soon as Ian tried everything worked fine. Was it operator error??? No of course not....well not one I'm going to admit to anyway.
|Don't think I'm supposed to be at that angle!!!|
|Ian pulling the bow round.|
|Diamond lock on the River Cherwell|
16.5 miles, 10 locks, 5 lift bridges, 7.5 hours
And on route seen in the wet but not photographed....5 Kingfishers, two Jays and a Green Woodpecker.
But I did get the sixth Kingfisher when looking out of the front doors.