27-29 July: Reading to Jericho

This trip was delayed by the red boards on the Thames earlier in July.

So forsaking the Olympic opening ceremony, and the SPCC trip to Barking, we set off from the excellent marina at Reading on Friday evening. We cruised slightly longer than expected, due to poor / non-existent moorings between Mapledurham and Whitchurch. Finally managed to squeeze in just below the toll bridge at Whitchurch, overlapping a helpful narrow boat a bit.

Good run on Saturday, to Abingdon (0600-1700, pausing for breakfast above Cleeve lock, and lunch above Days lock). On Sunday continued to College Cruisers in Oxford, pausing for breakfast at the upstream entrance to Swift Ditch. Arrived Jericho just before noon – after going through our first narrow lock in 2012!

Very light traffic. 40 miles, 14 locks. See GPS trackers for Saturday and Sunday – making a bit over three knots, against a noticeable stream. VHF radio used for communication between the helm and the foredeck (channel 8…)

More photographs are in the album on photobox. The photo at the top is Abingdon Bridge in the early morning. The photo below is Isis Lock in Oxford. I really must get round to taking those pageant numbers off the windows…

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