Our plan, to moor in Migennes’ basin, was executed the next day, Sunday (Whitsun). We biked to the lock first (only a ten minutes ride one way) and agreed with the lock keeper on duty for a passage at 11:30AM. Therefore we left our mooring spot full of confidence at 11:15AM and arrived at the lock 11:30AM sharp. Two (loca)boats were floating in front of us and the lock was not prepared – no good signs. To make a long story short: the two boats in front of us, not being very experienced and unaware of the events around them (us in this case), combined with a lock keeper in low gear, left the lock exactly at noon, when the lock keeper’s lunch break starts. Conspicuously avoiding to look in our direction he disappeared, leaving us on our own for another hour. So far for the brand-new, that same morning made agreement. Eventually we moored in the basin around 1:30PM. The picture offers a clear idea of the basin’s features. The deep lock (5,2 meters, over 17 foot) on the left, Le Boat’s hire base, us in the left hand background and Le Canal de Bourgogne continuing between the rows of trees in the background. We have had an appointment to be in the dry dock in April 2013. The dock proved to be too shallow, so we were lifted out of the water elsewhere instead. Now we’re here for checking our engine and/or gearbox by a professional engineer because sometimes irregularities occur when the engine is running. That feels uneasy, especially when cruising on a river. A second reason for being here is the adjacent train station. Our visitor will leave us from here to travel back to The Netherlands. That’s it for this week. Bye bye.
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Dankjewel, Tineke! Tot gauw 😍.
En dan nog even en Amersfoort in zicht
De laatste foto: ongelooflijk!!!!!
Dank je wel, Tineke! We zien mekaar hopelijk snel in A'foort.
Jaja, 't schiet op. Maar rustig aan, want de Nijkerkersluis is nog een paar dagen geblokkeerd. (En een 'Vollenhove' zal ik -als ik er aan toe kom- een n toevoegen...)