we seemed to have escaped the mosquitos, Toni and I were up early and walked the dogs up to the next village and back and by then Rob and Terry were up so Rob and I went into Rocheforte sur Nenon to buy a baguette and hiked up to an overview of the river which was spectacular (see photo), walked by a small sawmill furniture builder too. got back to Armida for breakfast and somehow we forgot that May had 31 days and for most of the day thought we were in June, duh? we headed up the river for a few miles and at the last lock encountered a problem Rob had not experienced before, seems two small boats (see the photos) had entered the lock and either left at the same time or because they were so small that when they left the sensor for the gate closing system wouldn't close, we had to tie up and Rob found an emergency phone to call the operator who showed up in 20 minutes to close the gate and allow it fill so we could then enter. we motored up a few kilometers but decided there was no point so then
turned around and came back to where we had moored last night and Harry and Jill were there and they invited us over for some wine and stories, interesting couple who cruise with their canal boat, drive their fifth wheel around the states and live in Cornwall the rest of the time. we said our good byes and returned to Dole to catch up on the world with the internet available at Cafe Charles (where I uploaded several days of this blog), Toni and Terry went into town to buy some food for tonight's dinner and soon we were enjoying some chicken and salad and wine. Toni and I decided that since we were so close to Switzerland and renting and driving a car seems less fun than taking the train somewhere we decided to hop down to Lausanne. early to bed for a pack up and leave tomorrow morning to catch the 10 am train.
we're having the time of our life. as much as we love our home, the desire to visit new and old places has burned within us since we were in college. only a few states in the US that we haven't visited and many that we want to revisit. during Craig's career importing hardwood lumber, he traveled to Singapore, the Philippines, Hong Kong, E and W Malaysia, Taiwan and Indonesia. before she met Craig, Toni traveled every summer to Europe, Mexico and Southeast Asia. we've visited every Hawaiian island except Lanai and Molokai and driven to Mulege in Baja, Mexico. Craig surfed near Zihautenejo... full info