The Saône: First Lock of the Season

Wanderlust enters the Auxonne lock, her first of the 2017 season

The first and last locks of the season are notable events. Wanderlust’s first lock passage in 2017 came on April 13th as she passed through the Auxonne lock on the River Saône. As locks go, this is an easy one, it’s much wider that normal for a Freycinet length lock. The tricky part is waiting for the lock to open. There’s an eddy on the lock approach. It makes things mildly interesting when you are breaking off the off seasoning helming rust.

Our trip to Auxonne would be short. The dispute with the builder and the need to have repairs made was limiting our range. Still it was nice to get back in the saddle, even for a short excursion.

The Auxonne lock is activated by twisting a pole hanging over the river.

Wanderlust at the town mooring in Auxonne

Waiting for the lock gates to open



It is about 19 kilometers with one lock from Saint Jean de Losne to Auxone. Wanderlust’s engine runs for about 2.8 hours making this journey.

Click here for a map of the route.

Oddly there is a sticker for a childrens picture book based on the Wuppertal Suspension Railway or Wuppertaler Schwebebahn. Perhaps we were unconsciously inspired to visit Wuppertal later in the year?

The Wuppertal Suspension Railway from our visit later in the year.

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