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.)