Anti-Lope

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As we arrived in Chalons-en-Champagne we passed by the commercial barge Anti-Lope for the second time in 2015. Two months earlier had met Anti-Lope near the Mauvages Tunnel. Heavy with a load, she was moving very slowly. Anti-Lope’s crew stopped for the night at a quiet wooded spot just before the tunnel entrance. We chose to moor at a pontoon further back down the canal closer to town. When we rode our bikes up to check out the tunnel we met the crew. Continue reading

Vitry-le-François

Generally the locks are signed as no swimming but the lock keepers turn a blind eye on really hot days.

Generally the locks are signed as no swimming but the lock keepers turn a blind eye on really hot days.

Vitry-le-François sits on the junction of three canals, the entre Champagne et Bourgogne, and the Marne-Rhine, and the latéral à la Marne. Communes at the intersection of waterways are natural locations to support the waterway life. They are the truck stops of the waterways. Continue reading

Canal de l’Aisne à la Marne and River Marne: Reims to Épernay

Approaching Ay

Approaching Ay

When we lifted Wanderlust’s ropes and headed up canal, we left the city of Reims behind. Reims is well known as a center of Champagne wine production but we were not leaving the bubbles behind. Indeed, ahead of us, along the banks of River Marne, the vineyards continue and, if anything, the wine houses became more frequent. Continue reading