A 38-meter commercial barge blocks the channel just ahead of us as the lock gates open.
It was busy on the Yonne as we approached the confluence with the Seine. River transport was active in late April; the locks were running near capacity. Wanderlust weighs around 42,000 kilograms, depending on the current state of Becky’s shoe inventory. That may seem like a big boat but on the commercial waterways we are very much small fry. Many of the barges are more than four times our length, more than twice our width, and out displace Wanderlust by more than 50-fold. Needless to say, we stay out of the way.
Shan pushes hard up the Yonne.
Vesta, 38-meter Freycinet barge, looks small next to Winnetou, a large commercial barge, as they pass on a canal section of the Yonne.
Staying out of the way is the only choice as Custos leaves a lock on the Yonne.