The forecast heat plume from Spain arrived this morning, but so did the wind. Whilst having breakfast we made an assessment as to whether to move or stay put. We decided on moving, we would however have to keep the power on when the gusts blew, or we would end up being blown into the bank on some of the sharp bends we needed to navigate. The first Lock of the day was Rushey Lock, just around the corner from our overnight mooring. It was set on self service, no Lock keeper doing all the hard work. This has been the case at quite a few Locks on our return journey, perhaps they have all gone on holiday. We settled into the cruise, and the breeze kept us cool in the bright sun. We passed through Newbridge, with its New Bridge, although it looks like an old bridge now, the town has not been renamed.
Once through the narrow arch, we had no more sharp bends to navigate, as the river now took a straighter course. The final lock of the day was Northmoor. Despite the appearance of human occupation, no lock keeper in sight.
We had intended aiming for Farmoor Reservoir, but as we approached Bablock Hythe we saw the field moorings empty, and decided to have a pub lunch at the Ferryman P.H. instead. We pulled in and secured the boat. After lunch the furry crew had a large field to play in, whilst the the human crew relaxed on deck chairs beneath a sun shade.
Tomorrow we should reach Oxford or beyond, we have one week left on our river license, so plenty of time to reach Reading, if we want to stop for a day or two.
Totals 9 Miles 3 Locks
Running total 242 Miles 288 Locks 9 Tunnels