Life on the French rivers and canals is slow. And the barge Waterman is also slow – and a real challenge to steer in a straight line. But Ian tells me I’ll get used to it – and I’ll certainly get more muscles from the exercise of wrestling the wheel.
The locks are only open from 9AM to 7PM – with an hour off for lunch between 12 and 1! We cooked eggs and bacon for our lunch while waiting in a lock for the eclusier to return from his dejeuner.
We left Mailly-le-Ville just before 9AM, and eventually arrived at Vermenton, in a small side branch river, at about 2:30PM, having covered an astounding 12km and 8 locks. Here’s a sample of Vermenton – mostly closed on Monday, as is almost everything in France.