Sunday, 18 September 2011

In the middle of nowhere

We had a good meal in the Wharf Inn last night and this morning we walked into Fenny Compton Village to the church where they had their monthly Family Service.  You take your life in your hands for part of this walk as some of it does not have a pavement and the cars seem to rush past at 100 miles an hour...probably a slight exaggeration but that is what it feels like when you are walking under the road tunnel........
We set off on our return to position ourselves for the run to the top of Napton tomorrow.  They are still on restricted opening times of 10am-2pm.
After a brief shower as we left we were lucky.  There are no locks on this stretch as we are on the 11 mile summit stretch, BUT it is very twisty and bendy.   Sod's law prevailed and the only boats we met were on some of the sharpest bends.  We met one hire boat who was travelling far too fast, despite Geoff having sounded the horn, and it was really quite amusing.  There was a youngish girl reading in the bow quite oblivious to her surroundings when he crashed into the bank...............................that woke her up!!!!
Luckily it is not as windy today as earlier in the week.
After an hour and a half we found our spot.  Just lovely views across open fields and very quiet.  This is what we like about the Oxford Canal....plenty of places like this where there are good banks with Piling to tie up to.  We were joined by a couple more boats later on but not too close.  
We even had a good TV picture.(Satellite)  We are somewhat bemused by our reception as this area went digital last week and we can get absolutely nothing on our digital aerial........
2.98 miles, 0 locks, 1hr 29 min

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