Pont-canal du Guétin

Pont-canal du Guétin

Pont-canal du Guétin

Between Ménétréol-sous-Sancerre and Nevers the Canal latéral à la Loire crosses the Allier River, a tributary to the Loire. To do this, the waterway climbs via a deep double lock to the Pont-canal-Guétin, a canal bridge over the Allier. Pont-canal-Guétin is 370-meters long and is one of the longest canal bridges in France. Continue reading

Life on Board: Freshwater

A watched tank never fills.

A watched tank never fills.

On a day-to-day basis, little is required to cruise through France on Wanderlust. Our fuel tanks are large and our engine is not particularly thirsty. Even when moving frequently we can go for months without needing to buy diesel. Electricity to power our domestic life does not have to come from the shore mains. A second alternator powered by Wanderlust’s main engine produces 110 amps at 24 V while we are cruising.   If the engine is not running, 900 W of solar panels or our 3500 kva diesel powered generator support the bank of domestic batteries (800 ah 24 V). The tanks for our propane fueled oven and cook-top last for months. Aside from food the one thing that we need to take on regularly is freshwater. Continue reading

From the Grand Gabarit to the Canal de Saint Quentin: Douai to Cambrai

Wanderlust moored in Cambrai

Wanderlust moored in Cambrai

Proceeding inland from Douai, we turned off the busy commercial Grand Gabarit, and on to the empty river l’Escaut. Our goal for the day was Cambrai. Cambrai is formally the start of the Canal de St.-Quentin.

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