First pass through Trèbes
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I'd hoped to have no one ahead of us at the triple lock at Trèbes but we were number 4 so the wait was a rather long one. In the meantime, though, I enjoyed talking to a woman who lives there and Jean-Pierre, a guy of probably my age or so who is sailing alone on the boat immediately behind us. He lives on the boat and simply bangs around all summer and spends the winter tied up in Sète. I helped him tie up before the lock. Normally he relied on the help of the éclusiers but some offered no help so I ended up running back and forth between our boat and his. It was taxing physically but actually a lot of fun.
I think it was at the lock at Villedubert where we met the lock keeper who spoke almost perfect English. He is very definitely French but I could detect no French accent at in his English. What accent he did have (from an American perspective) was British. I asked where he learned English and he replied, “From you guys.” It turns out that he had picked it up exclusively from talking to people passing through the canal, no classes, no lessons, no tapes, no CDs, NOTHING. Absolutely amazing!