Canal du Centre

Canal du Centre

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A Sojourn on the Bourgogne, May 15-17

First, I would be remiss if I did not post a picture of the lovely couple that were our hosts at the B & B Engelenhof in Netherlands.  Mirjam and Koen were great and I hope Mirjam will forgive me for the poor quality of the photo.

With our offer on Oldtimer accepted, we had an opportunity to take a little boat ride. It was a long holiday weekend in France and Oldtimer wouldn't be ready for haulout and sea trial until Tuesday. Our friend Jenny and her partner (and now our friend) Adrian were moving their barge Piedaleau up the Canal du Bourgogne for a haulout at the yard in Migenne.  Since we hadn’t seen the new boat and hadn’t seen Jenny since a brief visit in LA in 2012, we escaped the madness of St. Jean de Losne for the quiet of St. Florentine and a couple of very lazy days on the Bourgogne. (We were also their first visitors as they just bought the boat this winter!)  The first day included 3 (3!) locks and we were done by lunch.  The second day 2 (2!) locks and we were tied up by 11am.

We enter the first lock. It's a wide boat!

Heading up the canal.

Adrian loves his new boat!

Always Jenny in the deep lock.
Remember Chalone?

A little house above the canal.

This was the view around the last lock.  The lockkeeper felt it was his personal duty to keep the place up.

Sunday afternoon it was back though the Morvan forest for a night in Vezelay, then back to St. Jean for the sea trial, haul out and first days of our life with Oldtimer.

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