A chance to travel up front at the bow when crew 2 are driving. They have not been on the canals for a while and are spotting the changes. Pubs have closed, residential buildings have appeared, some moorings have less boats and Nuneaton was a bit cleaner. The Coventry canal seemed less busy. Now we are on the Oxford canal and the grass has been cut! A boat called Relane was seen at Ansty so a quick chat with Reg was possible as we passed slowly by. The first 10 miles or so seem to take forever as it is less interesting.
We stopped at All Oaks Wood having noticed the super new towpath through there. “Certainly needed doing because most of it had washed away.” Our friends were amazed to see the developments at Brownsover near Rugby as we squeezed by. There are boats moored on both sides here and just enough room to pass another boat. As we approached the bottle neck several boats came out at the same time. We got more water at Hillmorton before heading up past the busy Bistro serving tea n cake. With 4 people on board it is surprising how quickly the water gets used.