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  • Day37


    June 9, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    In an unbiased self-assessment of our Tub steering and navigation skills we rated ourselves as 'competent' and ready for today's new experiences. Full of breakfast and bravado, we headed towards our first 'up' lock. So far all locks have been 'down' locks i.e. the lock is full of water when we enter and The Tub is gently lowered down to the next level as the water is drained from the lock. All we had to do was keep The Tub steady with a guiding rope at the front and back.

    For the rest of our journey all locks will be the opposite ... we pootle into the empty lock and The Tub will be raised up to the next level as the lock fills. We'd been warned about what to expect in the 'up' locks, especially the movement of the boat as the water surges in to fill the lock. Our Franglish instructions stressed the requirement to secure The Tub in the lock to avoid being whoosed backwards with the surge and then forwards as the water hits the rear lock gate. We were a little nervy as we approached the lock but forgot about the pending surges as we encountered an undisclosed challenge ... how do we secure the ropes to the bollards when they're 8 feet above our heads ?????

    We added 'leaping from the roof of The Tub onto the top of a lock wall' to our rapidly expanding list of skills.

    Once through the lock we turned left, leaving the Canal de Bourgogne and joining the River Yonne where our newly acquired steering competency came to the fore ... there were other boats, currents and bridges across the river with big yellow diamonds indicating which arch we needed to pass under. Pleased to report there were no collisions or close calls.

    After a stint on the river, we bounced back into a deviation canal where Mr FitBody took one of the bikes off The Tub. He scooted along the tow path while the remaining Lemmonds manned (and wo-manned) The Tub. He met us at the next locks so we weren't one deck-hand down for roof-leaping and rope-tying duties.

    We covered a reasonable distance today and got through 7 locks but it was slow-going when we had to wait for locks to operate for the oncoming traffic before it was our turn ... especially the larger locks on the River Yonne. At one lock we had enough waiting time to set up a banquet of snacks and have drinks on the upper deck ... we were happy to wait.
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  • Day40

    The Last Leg

    June 12, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Our final day on The Tub was the easiest and not just because we know what we're doing. We only had one lock to get through on the Canal du Nivernais before turning onto an 'embranchment' canal towards Vermenton. This last canal was quiet and peaceful, back to the sounds of lapping water and birds which we'd been missing on the busier Nivernais canal and River Yonne.

    We tied up at Accolay and gathered all remaining food supplies from the cupboards to cobble together a lunch of sorts. It was hardly a gastronomic delight but it was very colourful and almost all food groups were represented.

    It was then only a short pootle to the port at Vermenton in the afternoon where we demonstrated our excellent Tub driving skills and nailed a perfect parallel park in an almost-not-quite-big-enough space on our first attempt. Pity there wasn't anyone there to act as an independent witness ... you'll just have to trust our account of the event.

    We've loved every aspect of our Tub experience. Sure, we may have preferred to not have had the occasional rain storm or the rather chilly weather but the rain only dampened the deck, not our enjoyment of the adventure. Bonus, we earned an honourary scout badge (self-awarded) for rope tying 😀😀

    After packing up and leaving The Tub in a very clean state, with a few new rub marks and gashes on the bumpers, we dragged our bags around the corner to the train station.

    Next stop: Paris
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  • Day35


    June 7, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    After 10 minutes of instruction from the boat company representative we signed for the keys to 'Celeste', a 14m long floating tub with a dodgy steering system. The rep went with us from the port at Saint Florentin to the first canal lock to help us get accustomed to the boat .... a distance of approximately 100m. It's amazing how much desperate learning you can cram into 100m but there's a heck of a lot that you don't know if, like us, you've never been in control of a canal boat. Perhaps the word 'control' gives the wrong impression at this stage of our journey.

    Armed with maps and manuals in three languages we waved goodbye to the boat rep mid-afternoon and set off on our own down the Canal de Bourgogne. We had the canal to ourselves which was a very good thing as we tried to get the hang of keeping a giant bath tub travelling in the direction we wanted it to go. It was very easy to over-correct when The Tub started to wander off-track and we had a hilarious stretch of slow-mo chicaning and drift sliding down the canal, at one point almost ending in the opposite direction to where we should have been. The lock-keepers must have been laughing themselves silly as The Tub weaved it's way into the locks, bouncing off the walls on both sides with the extremely inexperienced crew getting themselves tangled in the ropes.

    When we weren't giggling at our own ineptitude or making unhelpful navigation suggestions, we were slowly wobbling down the canal to the sound of birds and lapping water. We didn't go very far on our first outing ... just through a couple of locks until we found a nice spot to tie up and start tucking into our pre-delivered supplies. This is going to be a very relaxing part of our holiday ... just as long as there are no icebergs to run into Titanic-style.
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  • Day36

    Advanced Beginners

    June 8, 2019 in France ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Our first full day on the water and, like yesterday, we didn't travel very far. By the time we moored for the evening, we had only covered a collective distance of about 18km. We're going to have to step up the pace a little to avoid a cannonball run on the last day of our boat hire.

    The locks on the Canal operate from 9.00am so super-early starts aren't an option ... we're very pleased with this arrangement. It also suits us that the locks don't operate for an hour from 12.00pm so we're forced to tie up somewhere scenic and enjoy the quiet peacefulness, which is only disturbed by the sounds of our own munching.

    This morning we needed a few things to supplement our munching plans so we stopped at Brienon-sur-Armancon after negotiating our first lock for the day. The simple task of dropping by the shops is not a quick activity in The Tub. Finding a place to tie up; checking that it isn't too shallow and we'd be beaching rather than mooring; throwing ropes ashore to tie down; someone leaping off the boat to actually tie the ropes to something; getting the front of The Tub tied down; bringing the back around and securing the back rope; adjusting the front rope; putting out the 'gang plank' ... it's a major exercise with all hands required on deck ... and it didn't necessarily happen in the order described or without several attempts. After all, we're still learning 😁😁
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  • Day34

    Road Trip ... The Last Leg

    June 6, 2019 in France ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    With barely a glance at the half timbered houses in our rear vision mirror we set off for a very picturesque journey to our next destination and a new adventure. Purposely avoiding toll roads and motorways we zigged and zagged through the countryside for a couple of hundred kilometres to Auxerre. Rolling green hills, lots of vineyards and, bonus, villages with houses made of stone 😀

    We got into Auxerre with plenty of time to wander around the old town and riverside. At this time of year the sun doesn't set until after 9.30pm, it's lovely to roam the streets when there are less people out 'n' about.
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  • Day38


    June 10, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    We had the luck of the locks with us today and we blasted through 9 locks in record time. Almost all of them were in our favour when we got to them so we could chug straight in without waiting for locks to empty or for other boats to come through. We have refined our wall leaping and rope tying but that doesn't mean we didn't make hilarious mistakes ... like lasso-ing a family member instead of the bollard ... and then the same family member lasso-ing herself !!!! 😂😂😂😂

    The best part about the favourable lock conditions was it meant less time outside the cabin of the The Tub in the unfavourable weather conditions. It was very cold and very wet for most of the morning. Ms OfficeBody has been wearing sandals whenever possible in the last two weeks to give Grumpy Toe a long rest but with the cold weather she has been forced to endure the horror of wearing socks with her sandals !!! Luckily there are only 3 people in this country who witnessed this footwear atrocity and they are sworn to delete all photos.

    We pootled into Auxerre in the rain and were thankful that we'd explored the town last week when we returned the hire car. The port was 4 and 5 boats deep in some parts, all moored side by side and tied to each other. We are now quite good at controlling The Tub but parallel parking is a big ask. We kept pootling and just enjoyed the views through the drizzling rain.

    After Auxerre we left the River Yonne and entered the Canal du Nivernais ... then we dropped back into the Yonne ... and then back into the Nivernais again ... and back 'n' forth for the rest of the day. The rain stopped, the sky cleared a little, the socks came off and we enjoyed lovely scenery as we made our way to Champs-sur-Yonne for our overnight mooring.
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  • Day72

    66. Etappe: Whoop! Whoop! 1.500!

    September 12, 2018 in France ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Die Zeit fliegt! Nicht genug, dass ich jetzt schon über 4 Wochen alleine unterwegs bin - nein! Heute habe ich den nächsten Kilometermeilenstein erreicht und die 1.500-km-Marke geknackt 🎉 Schon bald habe ich die Hälfte meiner Gesamtkilometer geschafft!
    Die letzten Kilometer vergingen wie im Flug, auch wenn es noch einmal sehr schweißtreibend übers Feld ging. Aber Dank eines netten Herren, dessen Aufgabe es offensichtlich war, eine Baustelle zu bewachen, hatte ich noch zusätzliches Wasser. Denn er ließ mich nicht weiterziehen, ohne seine 0,5l-Flasche gekühltes Wasser und ein paar erklärende Worte, die ich mir mal frei ins Berlinerische übersetzt hab: " Ey Kleene, mach keen Mist! Ditte is janz schön heiß heut. Nimm lieber dit hier mit. Ick sitz hier nur unterm Schirm und hab eh gleich Feieramd. Kannst dit besser jebrauchn mit deim Jepäck!" Und so zog ich dankend weiter und schwuppdiwupp war die Flasche leer. Der nette Herr hatte wohl so eine Ahnung. 💦
    Auxerre konnte ich schon von weitem erblicken und stellte fest, dass ich für diese Stadt die Panorama-Funktion aktivieren muss. Auxerre ist deutlich größer als meine letzten Übernachtungsorte, die sogar mit Platz aufm Selfie hatten 😅
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  • Day70

    64. Etappe: Tonnerre

    September 10, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Nach knapp 36 km erreiche ich mein heutiges Ziel Tonnerre und zur Belohnung für die vielen Kilometer, gönne ich mir heut ein Gläschen Wein aus der Region.
    Und da hier schon nach Eisfotos gelechzt wird, muss ein Landschaftsfoto weichen - et voila! Mein Dessert: Macarons mit Kokos- und dunklem Schoki-Eis *jammijammi* 😋
    Aber schöne Ausblicke gab es trotzdem ... wenn auch manchmal etwas farblos ...
    Morgen gibts dann eine U20-Tour nach Chablis. 🎉
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  • Day71

    65. Etappe: Chablis

    September 11, 2018 in France ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    *jeaaahy* Endlich habe ich Pilger getroffen - Ein lieber Gruß an Ellis und Hans aus den Niederlanden 🎉🎉
    Bei meiner Rast am schattigen Wegesrand, auf dem sonst sehr sonnigem Weg heute, haben sie mich eingeholt und wir sind die letzten Kilometer bis Chablis gemeinsam gelaufen. Nach ein (oder zwei) Bierchen 🍻 trennten sich leider schon wieder unsere Wege, da die Pilgerherberge in Chablis seit Juli dauerhaft geschlossen ist und die beiden Dank eingepacktem Zelt die etwas günstigere Camping-Variante wählen konnten. Die nächsten Tage werden wir uns wohl nicht begegnen, da die holländische Wanderkarte eine andere Route ausweist. Aber vielleicht entdecke ich ja einen kleinen Eintrag im Pilgerbuch der Pilgerherberge in Vezelay - in jedem Fall werde ich darin aufmerksam lesen. 😉
    Deshalb und weil die Etappe eher kurz war, habe ich heute nur wenige Bilder. Aber ein Schmankerl für Heiko ist dabei ☺
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  • Day70

    64. Et.: Auf gehts in die Burgund-Region

    September 10, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Heute verlasse ich die Champagne und mache mich auf in das nächste Weinanbaugebiet - Burgund.
    Früh gings los - um 8 war ich schon auf der Piste, da es warm werden soll und die Etappe lang ist. 🌞
    Wieder warteten tolle Ausblicke auf mich. Ich kann mich fast komplett auf die Beschilderung, die sehr neu aussieht , verlassen, und muss nur ab und zu auf mein Handy gucken. Nur die Düsenjets, die sehr tief über mir vorbeisausten, hinterließen ein mulmiges Gefühl.
    Aber nun kann ich erdt einmal entspannt und lange Pause machen, denn über 2/3 habe ich bereits geschafft und kann mir bis zum heutigen Etappenziel Tonnerre etwas Zeit lassen.
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Département de l'Yonne, Departement de l'Yonne, Yonne

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