We’ve had a couple of days off the boat as I had a dental appointment, which was miles away by car. But were back now and on the outskirts of London.
The initial plan was to go through London itself on the Thames and then onto the Grand Union through Limehouse Lock. But to do that you need to have a UHF/VHF radio on the boat, which also requires a licence. Money & time. We had been told that the St Pancras Cruising Club would take us down in a convoy with the front and last boats having the radios. Close but no, they are happy to help but going in the other direction. I’m not sure if I’m happy or sad about it, I’ve seen boats on the Thames in London and the big tourist boats create a horrible wake and won’t/don’t slow down for anyone. We are only little compared to them.
We stayed overnight at Teddington Locks and went through this onto the short tidal section this morning, then turned off at Brentford. For the record – I nice big sign showing which turn to take would have been helpful. As I was the lead boat of a collection of boats, none of who had been down river either, the lack of sign was a problem. The current took us past the turn we needed while we were trying to work it out. However we were able to signal to those behind and they got the turn ok, while we desperately turned around and joined them. Just so you know – its the very first turn, very sharp left.
It’s actually been adventure packed today. As we came up the Grand Union Canal, we came across a boat who was grounded. We ended up throwing him a rope and towing him until he floated freely. We’re moored up tonight next to a 24 hour Tesco, opposite the turn for the Paddington Arm of the Grand Union. We will be in the middle of London tomorrow.