Verdun-sur-le-Doubs

Wanderlust enters the last lock on the Canal du Centre.  After descending nearly 11 meter she'd be on the Saône.

Wanderlust enters the last lock on the Canal du Centre. After descending nearly 11 meter she’d be on the Saône.

With one last deep lock in Chalon-sur-Saône, Wanderlust came to the end of the Canal du Centre. Over the last 38 days we completed the Bourbonnais Route. Now we were moving upstream on the mighty River Saône.

After being on the canals for so long, a big river feels like clearing the traffic jammed up behind a stoppage on a freeway. Suddenly we were free to go as fast as we could. (Which isn’t very fast as Wanderlust’s top speed is less than the speed limit on many rivers in France.) The channel is wide and the locks are massive. On the big rivers, navigation is easy. The challenge is to stay out of the way of the commercial traffic.

(Wanderlust moored in Verdun-sur-le-Doubs on the night of June 10, 2015. Verdun is 26 kilometers and one 10.8 meter-deep lock from Fragnes.)

Wanderlust crosses paths with Minstrel on a bypass channel on the River Saône.  Three days later, Minstrel was on the Mediterranean.

Wanderlust crosses paths with Minstrel on a bypass channel on the River Saône. Three days later, Minstrel was on the Mediterranean.

A big lock on the Saône

A big lock on the Saône

Verdun-sur-le-Doubs has a distinctive south of France feel even though it is far from the Mediterranean.

Verdun-sur-le-Doubs has a distinctive south of France feel even though it is far from the Mediterranean.

A boat and lily pads in Verdun-sur-le-Doubs

A boat and lily pads in Verdun-sur-le-Doubs

Wanderlust moored for the night in Verdun-sur-le-Doubs.

Wanderlust moored for the night in Verdun-sur-le-Doubs.

A passerelle crosses the Saône.

A passerelle crosses the Saône.

Wide water

Wide water

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The gates open to the waters of the Saône

The gates open to the waters of the Saône

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