Trebes to La Redorte

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September 29th 2017
Published: September 29th 2017
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This morning we cruised through Marseillette and stopped at the Fonfile lock, which is a triple lock. The lock keeper stopped us all there as there was not time to get a group through all 3 of the locks before his lunch break! It takes about 25 minutes to get through the lock in each direction. Consequently, by 2pm when he resumed the opening, there was a queue of about 7 boats waiting.

The locks in France are oval shaped and can fit 4 small canal boats or less if any are bigger sizes. 2 big iron gates have sliding panels that the lock keeper can raise to let water through when the gates are shut. The inside edges of the gates are big planks of wood, which as they are wet, expand to seal together when shut. Added to this, the water pressure pushing against the lock gates seals the gates even tighter.

As you are in the lock with other boats, and all are “released” at the same time, you tend to travel in a convoy onwards to the next lock, unless you stop for a reason. Consequently, you get to chat to the people on the other boats quite a bit and then help each other out with lassoing the bollards to hold onto while the water is going up or down.

Given our delay at Fonfile, we cruised through the town of Puicheric rather than stopping and onto La Redorte, where we stopped to fill our water tank. You have to buy tokens from a Boulangerie in the village to access the water pump, so I stayed with the boat whilst Ann, Joe & Benny went to get the tokens and buy some more food.

After filling the water tank, we motored along the canal for about 15 minutes until we found a quiet section of canal to moor at for the night.

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29th September 2017

Viewing photos
My imagination or has the countryside lost some of its greenes. Stll great shots. Thannk you. Great commentry.
30th September 2017

Yes, it seems to be changing from more forest to plains and drier countryside as we head east towards the Mediterranean.
29th September 2017

Love the scenery, sounds like fun times.
29th September 2017

Traffic jam at the locks
Hadn't considered the possibility of having to queue to go through the locks or having to wait for the lock guy to have his lunch break. However, guess it all adds to the experience - and you are supposed to be having a relaxed time - so just sit back and enjoy some bread and cheese, and, wine (of course) while you let rural France proceed at the usual pace.
30th September 2017

In theory but shouldn't drink and drive, even in a boat

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