This is the lift bridge at under the A34 (233) raised and awaiting Himself and boat. When Joe had gone through and I came to drop the bridge there was rambling group of twenty or so oldies standing on the other side waiting to come across.
The previous lift bridge, Perry's I could not close. I simply didn't have the weight or power to get the bugger down and locked. I tried at least half a dozen times, went knocking on adjacent moored boats looking for assistance but to no avail. I got to the point where I was going to abandon my captive BW key and leave the bridge raised when the boater I had let through after Yarwood came hacking along the towpath to assist me; he had spied me struggling and came at a gallop to the rescue.
Yarwood approaching Duke's Lock
New piling being fitted on the approach to bridge 224 - the cut in the bank is for the retaining rods that secure the piling
The C&RT work team doing the piling
The Jolly Boatman at Thrupp...first port of call for a welcome pint after walking seven miles
Yarwood moored on the 14 day moorings at Thrupp