One thing I mast say that I have been using Waterways Routes http://www.waterwayroutes.co.uk/ on my I pad this trip and I an quite surprised how useful I have found it. I don’t even normally read guide books. The only thing I need to do is make a weather proof shaded housing for the I pad so I can have it on the slide in all weathers. I may get a GPS dongle so that I can run it on the laptop with the dongle on the roof.
Woke to a lovely sunny morning and were away before 10 am. we met several single boats but non at an ideal time, i.e. just about to leave a lock. They were there 5 minutes out and the lock had to be left empty or had just started emptying it as we arrived etc. We thought we had struck lucky at the first lock as the gate opened as we approached and there was a boat on the lock mooring. It turned out to be the day boat and they were going the other way. The owner normally gives tuition on that lock to the hires but this lot had been before so weren't going down, still he had got the lock ready for us so that was a bonus. The willow fluff was laying on the water in the still air. The offside bush growth comes well across the cut here rubbing the side of a Narrowboat so a wide beam would have to push its way through. The pound between locks 82 and 83 was much better than when we went up, the chap I had the difference of opinion with at lock 83 is still moored near the bypass bridge, what a surprise. See http://nbharnser.blogspot.com/2014/04/kintbury-tuesday-22-april-2014.html We met the same chap on his bike just after we moored up and I think he recognised Diana as he turned away.
I was leaving lock 84 when I spotted this object laying on the offside bank by the bridge, it looks like two plugs to go into metal pipes on tot of a square metal post with a square plug on the bottom. it looks very substantial, anyone have any ideas what it could be. The visitor moorings above the Newbury Swing Bridge were all full so I stopped just through Northcroft Foot Bridge which are unrestricted mooring. From here we walked into town to meet up with my grandsons for tea.
This is our journey for today.