Locks and Tunnel de Chalifert
Tuesday the 2nd of September we left Meaux for the second time – this time going downstream. After having done some shopping we left at 12:15PM. In between Meaux and Chalifert La Marne meanders a lot and/or is unnavigable, so instead of cruising on the river there’s the ‘Canal de Meaux à Chalifert’ (who would have guessed that name?), over a distance of 12 kilometers (7,5 miles). Just before re-entering the river two locks, one 3,20 meters, the other 3,34 meters deep (almost 22 feet in total) and only separated 700 meters (0,44 mile) from each other have to be descended. In between them is the Tunnel de Chalifert, 300 meters (0,19 miles, 1.000 feet). The direction, going downstream, leads from northwest to south-southwest. High in the sky the rail track of TGV-Nord is visible. This is what it looks like, seen from the bow of the ship. Enjoy and wait for the end (5:38)!