The Thursday, 19 September, we left Auxonne at 9:30AM and planned to cruise to Seurre to have an overnight stop there after roughly 45 kilometers (less than 30 miles) going downstream and only two locks. To our disappointment there was no space left and all boaters, as usual, looked the other way. So we were forced to travel on and tried to moor using so called ‘Ducs d’Alba’ (huge steel mooring posts) in front of the next lock – after receiving permission from the lock keeper. Alas, the space between them was too wide for our tiny ship, so we ‘VHF-ed’ the lock keeper again and descended his lock of 185 meters (over 600 feet) by 12 meters 40 feet) and a difference in level of 3,20 meters (over 10 feet). That, dear reader, is a lot of water only for us! The next possible mooring was Verdun-sur-le-Doubs (Le Doubs is La Saône’s most important tributary as La Saône in its turn is to Le Rhône), some 16 extra kilometers (pretty close to 10 miles). As a matter of precaution we called this marina by phone and were informed of a free space ‘at the quay’ as from 4:15PM. A sigh of relief left our chests and we duly moored at Verdun-sur-le-Doubs at 4:35PM. A long day, but all the way downstream and only 3 locks.