Saturday, 20 October 2012

Day 13

A record distance in a record time on the fast flowing Thames.  Very few boats around so we had the river to ourselves apart from the rowers of Oxford University out in force.  The locks on the Thames are all manned and after 300 miles on the English canals we were astonished that a chap would rush out at our approach and operate his massive lock to allow 3 weary paddlers to pass.
We were greated at Reading by Peter Wolesley, the man who did this trip some years ago aged seventy.  It was his story in the press that inspired our adventure.  Peter kindly bought us tea and cakes by the river which was most welcome.  Enjoyed our chat and note comparing.

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