Yet Another Restful Day on the Canal

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Marsailles-lès-Aubigny

It was cloudy when we woke but soon it cleared. Helen & I went to the market & bakery and we all had a relaxing breakfast. Afterwards, the girls and I went back for more bread. We were so mellow getting going that it was pushing 11:30 when we entered the lock. The book said that the lock-keeper here would call the one that managed the next two. I asked him whether we could make all three & he said we could if we hurried. The next 2 locks were close together & operated by one guy. They were the first electrically-operated locks we've seen so I didn't have any work to do on the first after securing the lines and was able to start running to the second. The lock-keeper was great & remained cheerful even though it was after 12 when we cleared.

At L'Auberge du Centre

Clearing that lock put us in a harbor at Marsailles-lès-Aubigny. The town & harbor were so picturesque that Earl slowed us to a crawl so we could take it all in. In retrospect, I wish we had made it through to here the previous night.

At Cours-les-Barres, we found a beautiful mooring area with free water, electricity, showers, etc. We walked up to the town & had a great lunch at Auberge du Centre.

A bit later, we dealt with the locks at Guétin and they were in a different class altogether. While the others locks had lifts on the order of 2.5 meters, this pair had a combined lift of 9.2 meters or 30 feet! I wisely decided to stay on the boat since I could see no good place to get off and couldn’t imagine what I’d do if I did.

Locks at Guétin
As we entered the lock, I asked the keeper, high above us, what to do with our mooring lines. He said to just wait. After he closed the doors, he sent down a line with a hook. With that, he retrieved our lines & looped them around the bollards, then back down. At this point, we were inside a huge cavern facing a 30 foot door! Once we got through the first 15-foot lift, we immediately entered a second chamber for another 15 foot lift. During the whole process, there was a crowd of people watching.

Immediately upon exiting the locks, we crossed a huge canal bridge over the river Allier, a broad river that flows into the Loire. It didn't appear that we could get to a meaningful town before 7:00 so, when we found ourselves on a winding, tree-lined stretch of canal, we moored for the night. With no restaurants available, dinner was pizza plus some bread & cheese. Once again, the "crew" was less than delighted at the dinner arrangements.

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Marsailles-lès-Aubigny
Marsailles-lès-Aubigny
At LAuberge du Centre
At L'Auberge du Centre
Locks at Guétin
Locks at Guétin
Beffes
Beffes
Beffes
Beffes
Marsailles-lès-Aubigny
Marsailles-lès-Aubigny
Marsailles-lès-Aubigny
Marsailles-lès-Aubigny
Marsailles-lès-Aubigny
Marsailles-lès-Aubigny
LAuberge du Centre
L'Auberge du Centre
Approaching the Locks at Guétin
Approaching the Locks at Guétin
Locks at Guétin
Locks at Guétin
Locks at Guétin
Locks at Guétin
Locks at Guétin
Locks at Guétin
Bridge-canal at Guétin
Bridge-canal at Guétin
Bridge-canal at Guétin
Bridge-canal at Guétin
Bridge-canal at Guétin
Bridge-canal at Guétin
Cours-les-Barres
photo by: jhwelsch