We have been in St Jean de Losne for 5 days now. We still have our rental car which needs returning to Dijon on Thursday. Having the car has been great. We are basically using it as a shopping trolley at the moment, stocking up on all the heavy essentials of life like beer and wine and water. Did I mention wine?
Yesterday we had a real win. We’d been tipped off that the local Le Boat rental company sometimes sell their old bikes off cheap. We really need some bikes but have been put off by the cost. Even supermarket bikes (yes they sell bikes in the supermarkets) are over 100€ and most are at least double that. There’s a guy who lives on our pontoon who works there so we lay in wait and next time he walked by we pounced, demanding to know if they had any spare. He thought yes, perhaps, and we could go and ask the next day which we did. The lovely lady who works there took our new French mobile phone number (already come in handy) and said she would check it out and get back to us. Surprisingly she did exactly that and asked us to come over in 10 minutes. We raced over and were offered three cobwebbed, flat tired ex hire bikes for €50. Total. Bargain! We snapped them up.
They need a bit of work but it turns out Alan is a bit of a bike mechanic and he’s been replacing wheels, fixing gears, putting on new hand grips etc. He is quite the wiz!
He is making two good bikes out of three old dungers.
We drove to Chalon-sur-Saone yesterday. There is a great sports shop there with loads of bikes and accessories so we picked up a double pannier for the shopping. Having bikes will really come in handy when we are moored away from any villages and but need supplies. Next door to the bike shop is a huge Carrefour (hypermarket) where we found a small TV at a reasonably small cost. It’s for those days when it’s wet outside and we’re sick of talking to each other. (Although not at that stage as yet last night we did watch three episodes of Game of Thrones back to back. That series is disturbing. And addictive. Don’t judge).
Today we drove back to Dijon to return the rental car. We had a coffee, walked down to the port de plaisance (marina) and then took the 2.33pm train back to St Jean. It’s about a two km walk from the station at st J back to the boat but a lovely man was driving out of the station and asked us if we needed a lift. Trés gentil!
We have had one of the local mechanics working on the boat for the last few days. I’m excited to report we now have an electric toilet!!! It is amazing. One button and that’s it. If you have read any of last year’s posts you will know about my arch nemesis, the Pit of Hell, otherwise known as our rear toilet. So happy right now. Of course everyone tells us that electric toilets breakdown all the time and aren’t worth having etc etc but we’ll burn that bridge when we come to it. We do have a manual one up front anyway.
We have been discussing our itinerary for this year and think we will probably head up the Canal de Bourgogne, down to Briare on the Canal Lateral a la Loire and back along the Canal de Centre to return here at St Jean de Losne. We’ve also discussed the possibility of a quick jaunt down to Lyon at the end of the season. Apparently they have a new port de plaisance and everyone has been talking about it so it may be on the itinerary as well.
Here we are in our new mooring. Same pier but other side. Much better spot.
Right, must be off to cook the captain his dinner. When I say cook I mean put some ham and salad onto plates. And when I say captain I mean Alan. 😉