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The Long Road – Part I – Day 4

 

A perfect day for boating, 28 May 2017. From yesterday’s windy kerfuffle to blue-skied calm. Waking to bright sunlight we’d cast off by 8.00am. down the narrow Napton flight, passing first-time holiday boaters and daydreaming-gongozzlers*. Our old Eileen drew admiring glances! From Napton Bottom we weaved the field edges to Wigram’s Turn, junction of the Grand Union (GU) and Oxford. GU is one of the Big ‘Uns, 1930’s modernised, it’s boxy, concrete-edged and most spectacularly it bring our first wide locks this trip. The boat took up the greater depth of water and thrived. We made the day’s mooring between Gibraltar Bridge and Birdingbury Wharf hours earlier than anticipated. No hardship, an afternoon with the sea-magnet troving for treasure. And, with Springfest on at The Boat Inn, bouncy castle, beers, beards & boats in the sunshine… what better way to round off the day?

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*to gongozzle – to stand and stare at passing boats

Please note: Additional photos and further information on the Long Trip, May 2017 can be accessed by clicking HERE.

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