This is a record of our trip, rowing down the Thames
Date: Thursday 1 June 2006 - Monday 5 June 2006
Crew: Peter Watts, Mehdi Vahdati, Philip Turner, Andy Lelean
Route: Lechlade to Richmond (128 miles - although our book only counted 122)
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Lechlade (11:00 a.m. Thursday) - Captain Grumpy stroking us out
Thursday Lunch: The Swan, Radcot Bridge - Mile 6
Thursday Night: Pinkhill Lock - Mile 20. Walked into The Talbot, Eynsham.
Friday Lunch: The Isis, Iffley Lock, Oxford - Mile 29
Friday Night: Shillingford Bridge Hotel, Shillingford - Mile 46
Saturday Lunch: The Riverside, Reading - Mile 65
Down the Henley course - (now, I've got a small exercise for you!!!!!)
Saturday Night: Campsite, Hurley - Mile 78, walked into Hurley dinner at Ye Olde Bell
Sunday 4th June - Approach to Marlow Suspension Bridge
Bray - The most miserable unfriendly people we encountered all weekend, NEVER go there!!!!
Sunday Lunch (4 p.m.): River House, Windsor - Mile 95
We flew through Windsor at full speed, scattering tourists in hourly hire boats (great fun) - note castle in background
Romney Lock (nr Eton)
A bit of light rain (2 different reactions).
Just past Old Windsor: Mile 100. Sunday Evening circa 8 p.m.
Bell Weir Lock
Sunday Night: Staines; Swan Hotel (beer) & Thames Lodge (bed) - Mile 102
Hampton Court: Someone pop in and ask Henry VIII if he needs a lift to Richmond.
Nearly there: Teddington Lock, 46th and last
Monday Lunch: The White Swan, Twickenham (our training pub) - Mile 120
4 x Rare Steak & Chips + 10 pints - perfect
Richmond Bridge - Mile 122 (actually 128 from start, we lost 6 miles somewhere along the way).
All that way, no one fell in, all we lost was 1 butter knife and then Mehdi drops his phone in!!!!
The END - Mile 128
The White Cross; Water Lane, Richmond.
9 pints of Ordinary, 3 pints of special and 1 bottle of Laurent Perrier.
Quite the best toilets of the trip (like being at the Dorchester)
Anonymous bottom blisters (mercifully out of focus)
Anyone for a penguin?
NB: The miles per hour column above includes all locks, breaks and other stops throughout the day.
Actual rowing speed was approximately 5 mph.