So we made it from Dole to our winter mooring place at Blanquarts in St Jean de Losne. The trip from Dole went well even though we hit torrential rain while waiting for a lock to open. But it lasted for less than an hour and then dried up just in time for us to pull up to the fuelling pontoon on the Saone and fill the tank. It was rather a lot of money, (approximately NZ $1300) especially considering it was already a quarter full but well worth it and next year we will be good to go. The rain started again not long after we found our mooring but it is warm. In fact since then it has been hot and humid with stormy skies. It is hard to find a shady spot or a cool breeze but no doubt soon I will be dreaming longingly of warm weather and blue skies. I hear Canterbury has had some snow and freezing temperatures. It should be an interesting transition!
This week we have been getting the boat ship shape, cleaning and washing, ready for the winter. The water here often freezes so there are specific things that need to be done to ensure we come back to a boat that isn’t at the bottom of the marina. We are also hoping to do a few modifications, depending on the quotes we get, so we had a long list for the mechanics.
We have met some lovely people whilst cruising the inland waterways and are eagerly looking forward to next years adventure. But tomorrow it will be time to lock the boat, jump on a train to Paris and on Sunday night cross our fingers and toes and pray to the Standby Gods for a couple of seats down the back on a flight to Hong Kong then to Auckland and eventually Christchurch.
Here are a few pics from the last week or so.
I hope you have enjoyed reading about this year’s capers on the canals. I will have a bit of a round up of the highs and lows once we get home. We’ve certainly learnt a huge amount this year. It’s been a steep learning curve but an immensely enjoyable one. And the lows have just made the highs shine brighter.
Plus we didn’t sink the boat and you can’t ask for more than that. Cheers!