On the 17th of June 2015, Wanderlust moved off of the River Saône and onto the Canal entre Champagne et Bourgogne. Once sensibly known as the Canal de la Marne à la Saône, the entre Champagne et Bourgogne neither starts or ends in a Champagne or Burgundy appellation. The canal was rebranded to promote tourism. Apparently “Champagne” and “Burgundy” have more name appeal than “Marne” and “Saône”. Wine sells, it seems, at least in theory. In practice the name change doesn’t seem to have helped much. This pretty canal has very little traffic, much less than it deserves.
With the change of waterways came a change in how the locks are activated. Most of the locks on this section of the Champagne et Bourgogne are activated using a remote control. This remote is dispensed via machine after a conversation with the éclusier over an intercom.
At least that is what is supposed to happen. Intercom conversations with lock keepers usually go poorly for us. Our French is horrible. And communicating over a noisy intercom can be difficult even if there is no language barrier. But as usual, the machine, after we suitably demonstrated that our French is impossibly bad, ejected a remote control. Soon after Wanderlust was on her way up the Canal entre Champagne et Bourgogne.