Le Vieux Bourg

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    • Day 40

      L'Aulne, Port Launay and Chataeulin

      May 25, 2017 in France ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      So we got through the gullet of Brest and cruised up the river Aulne our first night was spent anchored just up river from the naval ships graveyard (1) and down river of the Terenez bridge (2), it was so very peaceful only the birds for company. We had thought we might do a bit of sailing but there was no wind at all.
      The next day, Wednesday I gave JVK’s hair a trim, not the pony tail obviously, then we actually cleaned the outside of the boat in the dinghy pulling ourselves round scrubbing as we went. After half tide up we set off further up river to Guili Glaz Lock where we nearly ran into a diver.
      Let me explain, our book says that if the bottom gates are open you can just go in to the lock and tie up and they were so we started to, but then on the shore we are being told to go to 'babord' so we do and only at last minute does someone add.... 'and wait'. There was a sort of holding quay, apparently there was a problem with the top gates and there was a 'swimming man in the water'. We didn't get him, so after waiting for gates to be fixed and chatting with lock keepers wife we carried on to Port Launay (3+4) but it was soo warm 31c. The town hall where we were supposed to pay our mooring fees was closed so we had a drink at the bar, a short walk and then afternoon nap, while Cousteau explored the quay and ate grass for first time in 3weeks. Quite noisy as next to busy road. Thursday we go to Chataeulin (5) further up river we are now in officially uncharted territory, why did we go? you might be wondering well mostly because there is a hypermarket very close to visitors pontoon, which is actually a bit small for us, so we're against the quay but on other side so fairly quiet, usually there is more going on except this afternoon which we have concluded must be a bit of holiday of some sort as tourist office not open and hypermarket closed at lunchtime, fortunately we had done our shopping in the morning bringing it back in the supermarket trolley, it was so close. Back down river tomorrow but either go early 7:00 or late 19:30 to catch lock and falling tide, probably late as we are getting very lazy, it's still 30c today, too hot for effort activities.
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