21st Travelled with nice older couple in steel 'Pedro' canal boat.
fan belt again.
22nd Some very narrow canals. Got forced into bank by Peniche waiting to
enter lock I was leaveing. He occupied all mid stream and went ahead the moment
I left the lock. Result I went aground as he 'sucked' all the water out of the
side of the canal - my stern swung around and we scraped the inflated dinghy
hanging off the davits as fender down the side of the Peniche. A few hours
later at another lock the same situation as a Peniche waiting to enter as I
exited made me pull further over to a space on the right and I went hard aground
with both hulls!! In neither case was there any damage to Eloise. A bit of
damage to my good humor! Throttle cable (morse cable)
broke - Throttle bodged with string from throttle leaver round little block and
into cockpit - works fine!
23rd Overheating.... Install new impeller - I
think the problems of the impeller running dry when the water intake is blocked
by debris damages the rubber - Canals start to get wider. Great!
24th Water intake blocked again - clear it. String
throttle works just fine!
25th Arrive Chaudrey midday. Fuel up and food up in local supermarket.
Chaudrey Port de Plaisance with electricity and water for 7 euro a night! Fuel
has to be jerry jugged. Not ideal but supermarket excellent. Order new morse
cable from Ted Johnnson in France for overnight delivery by French Parcel Post
service. Buy high stool to sit on whilst driving!
26th Morse cable arrives 09.00 and spend happy morning fitting it. Fill
up with water but have to wait for 13.30 lock to set out.
27th Go through very long 4 kilometer tunnel.
return pipe falls off - fix with string. It too is perished but looks fine
28th Did long 11 hour day 08.00 to 19.00 and make good progress towards
29th Break out into big wide Soane River and huge easy locks at at
30th Arrive Chalon Sur Soane - have expensive and delicious dinner but
older lady at next table almost dies! 362 miles down the road so far.
31st Heading down stream - Fan belt finally gives
up ghost. Park in disused lock and put on new belt. Get to Belleville sur
Saone 408 miles on GPS best day for distance achieved so far - 46 miles! (I
should be sailing!!)
1st LYON! parked under willows near city centre.
2nd Departed 08.00 and purchased Fuel from the Riverside Barge past last
bridge. Big Locks really easy with floating bollards.
3rd La Roche de Glenn. Alongside village pontoon for night with 4 other
4th La Roche de Glenn Mistral blowing and gusting 30 Knots -
decide not to move - engine not powerful enough but see others pass....
at La Roch
5th Big problems finding a parking place at end of day. tied up
alongside very unwelcoming little stinkpot occupying all of village pontoon..
6th made it out of Rhone into Petit Rhone - via maritime lock into Canal
de Rhone a Sete. Stopped at Galacian.
would have been about 1 day more to Port St Louis if we had carried on down the
7th SETE. Parked outside external bridge on Etang de Taue Junction.
Smashing little local restaurant with all items priced at 3 or 4 Euro. Local
folks come from miles around! Best meal of trip and for the least money!
going into SETE Port you can put the mast up and head out into the Mediterranean
we really got going from St Valery sur Somme on July 11th
and arrived in Sete on. August 7th evening. = 27 days
(almost 4 weeks) - Moved every day except the day of the mistral but had several
route is longer in time, by a week, than the 'classic' Paris route but is
far more varied and explores different canal systems. Because my wife is ill and
incapacitated, I single handed the entire trip, except that a few lock keepers -
thinking I was truly alone - helped me with my lines. Used the stakes and hammer
frequently. Had to carry jugs of fuel occasionally and the plank was important
for protecting Eloise and for getting ashore sometimes. Overall a good
experience. Camping Gaz was easily obtainable
nautical miles - 1165 kilometers, by gps, at an average speed of 4.4knots!