Friday, August 28, 2020

No parakeets ….

Friday 28th August 2020

… but we did see Kingfishers and Llamas.

We set off early as more rain was forecast for today – also no-one had been to collect our mooring fee.

Taking on water

Our run up past Shiplake and Wargrave was un-eventful although we did spot some canoeist camping on one of the islands before Sonning. At 12:00 the rain started just as we left Sonning lock – never mind we were planning on stopping to go shopping for supplies at Reading. Above Sonning lock we saw what must have been the longest lock queue for our whole trip, all trying to get downstream from the Reading reach.

We moored outside Tescos at Reading in what must have been a 62foot gap with a convenient overhanging tree at each end – no stakes or chains needed here then. As we tied up an Anglo Welsh hireboat came past pushing a bow wave that any tidal Thames trip boat would be proud of. It would have looked well suited in front of an ocean liner.

Sonning Lock queue

Reprovisioned, we moved up to Better Boating to fill with diesel. They were busy dispatching hire boats so we had to tie on and wait a while before we could be served. 160 litres later we were on our way to Caversham lock.

We travelled on through Caversham and Tilehurst before attempting to moor out in the countryside before Pangbourne – it was not to be, the river edge was far too shallow so we continued on and found another right size gap between the moored boats at Pangbourne River meadow. Another pay for mooring location but needs must as Beale Park is now no mooring at all.

Our overnight mooring was at /// maker.wisdom.liver

Timelapse video of the run from Marsh Lock to Reading Tesco is at

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