Goodbye Jan & Andy, hello Julie & Ro

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Andy walks the plank!

DAY 32

Tuesday 10th July

Passed through Agen’s industrial area, not the most appealing views of the town. Stopped at Boe for shopping and then moored against a grass bank at St Jean de Thurac for the night; this involved Andy very gingerly using the board to tie up.

DAY 33

Wednesday 11th July

Stopped at Valence d’Agen where preparations were taking place for Jul 14th fireworks. Eventually found a supermarket and then pressed on to Castelsarrasin. The place was very full so moored on a bank again next to “Lydia”. The owner of this barge had been stuck there for 10 years after her husband had died half way through doing it up and because it wasn’t finished, had little chance of selling it. Felt very sorry for her.

DAY 34

Thursday 12th July

Moved onto a pontoon in Castelsarrasin and then went to explore the street market which seemed to stretch over the whole town. Bought rabbit, wine and cheese ready for Julie and Ro joining us for the evening. Moved the mast so it was below the arch while Andy cooked rabbit stew and stuck his head up from time to time to advise on the move.

Do not get on the wrong side of the lady in the Capitainnerie here, she really is scary.

DAY 35

Friday 13th July

Jan and Andy up early to catch the 8am train to Bordeaux. Walked with them to the station and said goodbye. It is a strange feeling to be regularly saying hello to friends or family, living very closely with them for a few days and then saying goodbye.

Motored with new crew to Grisolles. On the way Roland was attacked by the lock keeper’s dog; the lock keeper appeared unconcerned.

There was a stiff breeze blowing which made entry to locks tricky. Caught going into one lock and the boat was suddenly sideways across the entrance. Managed to turn away but caught the stern on stones.

We carry Ro’s bike on the boat and at the end of the day Ro cycles back to wherever we were the day before to retrieve his car. Makes a pleasant end to the day he says.

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Andy walks the plank!
Andy walks the plank!
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