TRIP TO BRAUNSTON
25TH MAY TO 21ST JUNE 2003
My initial thoughts had been to do the Thames ring,
but when I looked at it in more detail last winter, I decided it was rather
more than I wanted to take on single handed.
The main thing I wanted was to experience the Oxford Canal and take the boat to Braunston. ( I had been there by car a few times, for the shows etc. ) Last year I did the trip to London and I have been up the Grand Union as far as Berkhamsted on a hired boat, so the trip via the Oxford canal would cover new ground, and things look very different from the opposite direction on the return journey.
|The trip lasted 28 days, (See Captains Log for some details) I was moored up for 8 lazy days. On the way at Abingdon, Thrupp, and Lower Heyford. I spent a weekend in Braunston Marina with a good mooring with electric hook up, and use of the laundry. And on the return at Cropredy, Thrupp and Abingdon.|
When I first arrived at Abingdon I met up with Mike
& Liz Holloway on Snecklifter .
Their boat was also built by Heron, and we had been in touch by e-mail, and kept up with the news on our web sites.We later spent time together at Thrupp, and on my return journey at Cropredy. I recommend their website for a much better written and informative account of our meetings.
Also at Abingdon were Fred & Betty Drake on Drakes Folly, who until this spring had been moored opposite me in the Ham Basin marina at Newbury, but are now cruising the system. I met them again just south of Banbury on my return, and expect to see them at the IWA festival at Beale Park in August.
|Friends Mac & Margot Haines, who live at Long Compton , Just north of Chipping Norton came visiting at Lower Heyford, and we had a nice walk through the village and lunch at the Bell Inn.|
|At Thrupp on Sunday 15th June, the Mikron Theatre Company were performing at the Boat Inn. A very good evenings entertainment watching All Steamed Up, the adventures of Richard Trevithick, the Cornish giant of Steam.|
|Alltogether a most enjoyable trip, there were of course a few upsets, but nothing to spoil the experience. See the 2003 album for some pictures of the trip.|