A while back I started a series of posts that described our barge buying experience. The intent was to share some of what were learned in process that led us to Wanderlust with those contemplating a similar path. Along the way life’s distractions set in and the articles languished amongst the long list of things to do. With this post, I continue the story of Wanderlust. Hopefully the gap to the next segment will not be as long! Continue reading
I admit to having a fascination with locks. The concept is simple. By coordinating the movement of water into and out of a chamber held between two gates a boat can be lifted unnaturally uphill. It is a modest feat of hydraulic engineering. In practice a lock cycle passes the same way time. Each boat starts and ends in calm water. In between a torrent enters or leaves the lock bringing a boat to the next level. The repetitive cycle should get old but somehow it doesn’t. Continue reading
Today we cruised from Runnymede Meadow to a spot on the Thames just past the village of Marlow. Between the periodic heavy showers the light was spectacular.
Leaving Cleeve Lock near Goring we pushed upstream against the Thames’ current until we reached the historic market town of Abingdon. Abingdon claims to be the oldest continuously occupied town in Britain, an assertion that is difficult to dispute. Today the town is popular with tourists and boaters. And like our prior stop at Cleeve Lock, Abingdon has a place in modern music history. The band Radiohead formed when studying at Abingdon School. Continue reading
Gigi loves it when we spend the night tied to the bank below the Cleeve Lock. Step off the boat and her four furry paws are on her own expansive green grassy field. She now expects us to stop at Cleeve every time we cruise by. For Gigi there’s no reason for us to go any further. Cleeve is as good as it gets in the doggy world.
Once we decided to have a new barge constructed the choice of builders was a relatively easy call. The 2007-2008 economic downturn had been the demise of many barge manufacturers. An industry known for its sketchy business practices Continue reading
The metal shop and the finishing shop are in different bays at Piper Boats. Midway through the build, Wanderlust had to be moved. And at the end of the fit out, when we are near completion, Wanderlust needed to be moved out into the Continue reading
A day’s cruise upstream from Wanderlust’s base in Caversham is the English village of Goring-on-Thames. Early in October, at the edge of fall, we moored overnight at Goring’s lock. With the sounds of the water of the Thames rushing over the nearby weir filling the air we spent a peaceful night.