During a sociable evening in j's room , the three men convince themselves that they each have various illness . their collective diagnosis is overwork, and they prescribe themselves a fortnight's holiday . a stay in the country and a sea voyage are both ruled out , and they settle instead on a boating trip , travelling on the thames by day and camping out in the hired boat at night.
they set out the following saturday . george must work in the city in the morning, and so
arranges to join them later that day . the other two , accompanied by the dopg and a mountain luggage , get a cab to waterloo station , but are unable to find the right train to kingston . eventually they bribe the driver of another train to take them to take them there instead , one of many humorous set-pieces that make the book more straight forward travelogue . george completes the trio weybridge , with a dubious looking parcel tucked under his arm which turns out to be bano and instruction book .