Today was perfect, blue skies and slight following breeze.
Reg said Brenda would need fuel probably by the end of the day. Brian fired her up and roared down the river to overtake us. The engine promptly died, mmm could need fuel methinks, another go and off she went to the nearest fuel stop.
We could see vintage private planes flying from a nearby airstrip and 2 hrs later – still no Brenda. The drone of the light aircraft was easily mistaken for Brenda powering down the Thames.Having caught up with us it transpired that when refuelling the attendant was asked if there was a discount for a charity concern the answer was no. Instead Blakes Boats of Caversham offered a free trip for a day in one of their boats, which will be auctioned off – more details later.
We made good progress – 12 miles and 4 locks and a good lunch @ St. George and the Dragon at Wargrave. A very affluent area and as Reg said he thought they’d never had a floating skip moored before. Nor had Henley on Thames seen a boat arrive with socks and underpants drying on the top of the boat (Stephens – so much washing – so few laundrettes!)
255 miles 208 locks