We stayed a couple of days on the Napton flight. Aside from being a very pleasant mooring, I needed to do a few maintenance tasks. The main one, giving the hull a coat of black paint, to replace that which had been removed, scrapping along the sides of Locks chambers. We also need to service the engine, in 20 more hours of use, but I put that off for another day, and refilled the stern greaser instead.
This morning we said farewell to our neighbours of the past few days, a herd of water buffalo, that seem quite happy, munching on the juicy grass in the field. They do however stop what they are doing, and stare whenever four legs makes an appearance.
We had three Locks to navigate, before reaching the summit pound of the Oxford Canal, and the water point. Tank refilled, we resumed our cruise, soon passing a boat moored in the centre of a field. We had seen this before on our previous travels, but the ditch it sits in, appears to have dried out, and the boat now resting on the ground, has a list to starboard.
As the crow flies, the distance to our intended spot was only a mile or so, however the summit of the Oxford Canal, follows the contours, twisting and turning, and almost doubling back on itself in places, therefore it was four miles before we reached Wormleighton. We did see some interesting sights on route, including a teepee, complete with outdoor bath tub. The crew did not think they would use that, whilst watching passing boats go by
Arriving at our mooring we found it empty, and therefore had our choice of spot. We chose a section which has a large hole in the hedgerow, giving impressive views across the open countryside.
The forecast for tomorrow is rain, so we will probably stay put and move on when the weather improves. Our solitude did not last long. Within ten minutes another boat had stopped. Our next move will be to the area of Cropredy, where the towpath switches to the port side. I will then be able to attend to the painting on that side of the hull, and of course the engine service.
Totals 5 Miles 3 Locks
Running total 167 Miles 242 Locks 9 Tunnels