Leaving the River Yonne at Montereau-sur-Yonne we headed a short distance down the Seine until we reached the confluence with the Loing River in Saint-Mammès. As we turned up the Loing we formally started on the Bourbonnais Route. The Bourbonnais Route consists of four canals, the Canal du Loing, the Canal de Briare, the Canal lateral a la Loire, and the Canal du Centre. This route would ultimately take us to the Saône River.
Before we entered onto the canals we stopped for a week in the village of Moret-sur-Loing. Describing Moret-sur-Loing as picturesque may seem like a cliché. But in reality, Moret is actually “suitable for a painting” as the definition of picturesque says. The Impressionist painters Monet, Renoir and particularly Sisley have found inspiration in the village. Looking back at Sisley’s paintings of Moret, it appears that not much has changed since his death there in 1899. It is today much as was in the 19th Century.
Picturesque Moret served as a distraction from the problems on board Wanderlust. We had discovered that the source of the under floor floods that had been plaguing us; the liquid in the bilge was coming from the guest toilet. After an invasive under floor excursion, a local plumber discovered the source of the problem–a sewer pipe joint between the toilet and Wanderlust’s black tank had not been cemented during manufacture. When the guest toilet flushed all of the “liquid” was going directly into the bilge. The plumber fixed the joint and for a while it seemed like most of the problems on board Wanderlust were behind us. Unfortunately, that did not turn out to be the case.
(Wanderlust arrived in Moret-sur-Loing on the April 23, 2015.)