Sunday, August 28. We left Chalon at 10.30 after visiting the excellent market that is centred on the Place St Vincent and then meanders down the side alleys. Lots of fruit and vege stalls plus fish, sausage and artisanal cheese stands and much more. None of the crappy clothing and junk you see at most markets. We picked up some bread and peaches and wandered back over the bridge to the Ile St Laurent with its gorgeous street of restaurants and bars and then over the passerelle to the marina.
The heatwave that started last week continued and yesterday it was another scorcher, temps in the late 30s, although there was an occasional breeze which was lovely. We made good use of the commercial shopping area near the port de Plaisance, purchasing a basket for my bike, some sun lounger cushions for the front deck and various other bits and pieces.
Back on the Saône river again we headed south hoping to stop in Tournus but the quay was full. It’s often full, the reason being that it’s free. There’s a three or four day limit but some lovely people stay much longer and part of the quay is reserved on some days for hire boats. All a bit of a pain but we carried on and decided to turn up the Seille River through the first lock and into the little port of Le Truchère. This was our first stop in 2014 when we first picked up our boat! The lock is one of the gentlest we’ve ever had. There is a floating restaurant and bar plus a number of other restaurants along the waterfront. All absolutely packed. It’s great to see so many people out on a Sunday.
It was still very hot, then it rained for about 10 minutes, cooled down, then heated up again. The mooring fees at La Truchère are €13 including power. We met some Germans on a hire boat, thinking about buying, and an Aucklander on another hire boat. Very busy compared to the Canal de Bourgogne.
Next morning we collected the baguette Alan had ordered at the Capitainerie the night before and headed straight back to the lock at 9am and back onto the river. Three hours later we arrived in Mâcon and tied up on the visitors pontoon. It’s a large port de plaisance with plenty of room. With power and water the cost was €37 for two nights. Expensive considering the town is a 3km walk/bike ride away but still cheaper than Chalon and very new. Great wifi too.
We will catch up on washing, bike to the town for a good look around and also the supermarket which is nearby, we are told. The weather today was nice and cool but the temperatures are due to rise again tomorrow and for rest of the week.
Chalon-sur-Saône to La Truchére – 4.5 hrs, 40kms, 2 locks
La Truchére to Mâcon – 3 hrs, 24 kms, 1 lock.