Entering a full lock: It is down hill on both ends of a summit pound.
On the 11th of May, as we reached the top pound of the Canal de Briare, Wanderlust moved from the Seine River drainage to the Loire River drainage. From the beginning in Montargis, the Canal de Briare climbs 279 feet to its summit. Much of the climb occurs in the closely spaced locks that are clustered near the summit. On foot, climbing 279 feet may not seem like much. In a 40 tonne boat, climbing 279 is an amazing feat of engineering.Continue reading →
Wanderlust moored in Châtillon-Coligny. She’s a little large for the spot.
Four days after our arrival in Montargis the VNF reopened the Canal de Briare to navigation. We were allowed to continue on our way south. On the first leg from Montargis, we cruised 23 kilometers passing through eight locks before we stopped in Châtillon-Coligny for the night. The smallish quay in Châtillon-Coligny is nicely developed with free water and electricity. Continue reading →
Californian owned Festina Tarde moored near us in Montargis. Her owners Jim and Mary are very familiar with this waterway.
From our rural mooring just past lock 9 on the Canal du Loing, it was 12 locks and 26 km until we moored for the night in Montargis on the Canal de Briare, one of the oldest canals in France. We had to wait as the VNF fixed the second to last lock. The delay meant that we arrived at the last deep lock in Montargis after the closing time. Fortunately the VNF stayed late and let us through. Still, the delay made for a long day.Continue reading →