We arrived early today from our hotel as Steve had promised to make his famous al fresco breakfast for Pam. We wished we had accepted his invitation as our full English had been a little under cooked for my liking. Jen and I decided to go ahead as oil needed to be purchased and regular oil refilling needed to be actioned. The next flight of locks was approx. 3 miles away so we pressed on into a strong head wind, which lasted all day. We arrived at the next flight of 5 locks some 20 mins before Brenda.
We were sat on the top of the hill taking the force of the breeze and became quite chilled. No good for a highly trained athlete. Brenda arrived at the head of a convoy of 4 or 5 boats and the first lock was in our favour and all the subsequent locks for the day worked out that Way making quick work of them. Still the miles had to be done another 10 miles to Banbury. Dear reader the villages in this area are picture postcard pretty in a warm brown stone and must be visited by all. 182 miles 175 locks