Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Back on the Thames

We moved on down the Oxford canal and stopped at the little village of Thrupp and were lucky enough to get a spot right by the pub.  As it was the hottest day of the year so far we were forced to avail ourselves of their cooling lager.  We then moved into Oxford and went out to dinner with friends and availed ourselves of a few more libations.  So when we left on Saturday to go on to the Thames we were fairly mellow (translated:  hungover).  The first bit was dreadfully crowded with rowers and canoes with everyone getting in each others way but it soon settled down and we ended up in Abingdon for the weekend where we were forced to have Sunday lunch in the Nags Head again (another 8.5).  We moved on today to the lovely mooring above Days Lock near the village of Dorchester which had definitely been used in Midsomer Murders so we are reliably informed.  Its more crowded than when we stopped here on the way up but as the bank is quite shallow there are not that many places to moor.  Its been quite fun watching people running aground even though they've been told its too shallow where they are trying to go.  Should be in Reading by Thursday and we hope to stop by the riverside Tescos to stock up before braving the wilds of the dreaded Kennet and Avon canal.

The Nags Head at Abingdon on the bridge overlooking the Thames.
The view of the Days Lock mooring from the large hill that overlooks it.

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