Wednesday, 13 July 2011
Tuesday 12th July
Not such a nice day today. We left Thrupp and headed north – we have to be in Banbury tomorrow night so that I can get the train to Uxbridge on Thursday to go to the funeral. I did a couple of locks this afternoon – not big ones and my knee to stand up to it however I won’t do anymore today to make sure I haven’t pulled anything!! We stopped for water at Lower Heyford and had to wait while two other boats filled up. We were told that there is water at Aynho but we couldn’t see it on the map so didn’t want to risk it. At Heyford we came across a boat called Muddy Waters. Those of you with children will no doubt know the books and the boat was all painted to look like the books. If your children like the books you can either hire one of the boats for the day or for a cruise Muddy Waters Canal Boats We knew where we wanted to moor as we had been through 2 years ago but when we got there it was full of shut up empty boats. The majority of the Oxford seems to be full of liveaboards, water gypsies or free moorers. I don’t mean this badly as we have met lots of people who live aboard but they are really continuous cruisers – the boats we have seen are shut up during the day and the owners away at work or something. We met some hire boaters today who said that three years ago they got to Thrupp from Napton Junction in 3.5 days but this year they didn’t think they would make it in 4.5 days. We seem to have spent the majority of the canal so far on tick-over passing moored boats.