Day 15 eh! Two weeks after leaving Thrupp and we’re in Lunnon, well Greater London anyway, but to begin at the beginning.
We have been travelling modest distances each day as we were finding 7 or 8 of these wide locks quite enough to handle on or own as we hadn’t found another boat to share with all week, but all that changed this morning when along came nb Dragonfly, a share-boat which we see regularly on the Oxford, with a Dutch couple on board who invited us to share the lock.
We worked well together and we made good progress and arrived at Apsley for a late lunch and a visit to the conveniently sited Sainsbury’s store which has 24hr visitor moorings next to it.
Suitably fed and provisioned we pressed on through the pretty valley of the River Gade which crosses and re-crosses the canal and at times is the canal. At one point the river continues straight ahead over a weir and the canal veers sharply right. The railway inevitably follows us and we knew we were getting near London when we passed under the M25 but by six o’clock Joy was feeling exhausted so we decided to stop in Cassiobury Park, but our friends wanted to go on a little further to get some shopping at Tesco. I decided to go on with them, single handed, while Joy rested and two locks later we found ourselves passing under the Underground, which is actually over-ground here as the Metropolitan Line serves Watford. We found a space for the two boats here opposite Bridgewater Basin (and also found that this Tesco was mythical! Being misplaced on their map.) We spent a quite night here untroubled by the Tube trains, either they stopped running or we were just exhausted I’m not sure, we had covered 11 miles and 25 locks today!
More Photos to follow.