Yet another early start as we pull pins at 07.15 from Pinkhill lock on the upper Thames. There was a good reason for leaving early as we wanted to get through the last 2 locks before Dukes cut as our Thames licence ran out at midnight last night (but please don't tell anyone, although if we do see a lockie it will be a pleasure to pay). With the lockies not starting work until 09.00 and the locks being on self service we had plenty of time to
sneak pass through without being noticed .
When we finally reach the lock at the end of the cut and what a mess we find. There is nowhere to drop Carolyn off as boats have been abandoned on the lock approach and lock landing plus the vegetation has been allowed to get well out of hand.
Not long after leaving the Thames we had a shout from a passing boat to say that they followed our blog. The boat was Duxslandin (Not sure if spelt correctly). It was good to see you and next time we meet we will have to stop for a chat..PS Your boat looks very good with a great paint job ….
Reaching Thrupp and these kind boaters after not seeing us approach and shutting the lift bridge , then after seeing us moored their boat and went back and operated the bridge to allow us to go through.
Tomorrow we will cruise when we wake up. But as i usually wake up at about 06.00 i guess it will be another early start as we head North on the Oxford canal.