Thursday 28th August
Pont Royal to Pouillenay
32 locks, 19km 8¾ hrs with 1½ hr for lunch
We set off at 8.50am to arrive at our first lock at 9am. We originally planned to go to Marigny-le-Cahouët which would have been 13 locks and around 12km but we weren’t asked where we were going by the lock keepers so when we got to Marigny at 12 noon we thought why not carry on, after lunch, down the chain of locks to Pouillenay, which we did. We had a great team of eclusiers, two guys working with us, and the locks kept on coming! The scenery was fantastic, and we were fortunate that after a very grey, unpromising start to the day, it ended up lovely and sunny with a cooling breeze.
For a change we were lucky at lunchtime, after mooring up we walked the short distance into the village of Marigny-le-Cahouët to find the boulangerie open! We got there just in time as they close at 12.30 for lunch.
We arrived in Pouillenay at 4.40pm pretty tired, but we enjoyed the day. We walked into the small village and there is a small grocers where we bought some bits and pieces. There was a hotel and restaurant in the village but we ate on the boat.
|Leaving Pont Royal, lots of space here.|
The restaurant was ferme, they were on their annual holidays!
|Our team of two eclusiers, ready and waiting!|
|Our lunchtime mooring at Marigny|
|A rare sight..... other boats!|
|Through one lock and straight into another!|
|Stunning scenery the whole day|
We moored up on pins
We could have squeezed in on the other side on the official mooring
but we couldn't see any bollards and we were tired!
Friday 29th August
Pouillenay to Montbard
19 locks 18km 8 hours including 1 hour for lunch
We decided that we wanted to get to Montbard for the weekend, so we did another long day today. There were still quite a few locks, but not so many as yesterday, with longer gaps in between.
We didn’t have such a good day today because the lock keepers were working singularly, and they weren’t so well organized. Our 9am lock ended up being 9.20am, we met a couple boats coming up who we had to wait for; in the afternoon we had to wait 40 mins at a lock for a hotel barge to come through and then on our 3rd from last lock, no eclusier appeared for at least 15 minutes. She apologized when she arrived, asking us how long we had been waiting for (we said 3 days!) luckily she got the joke. She said the young lad who worked our previous 2 locks was supposed to ring her when we went through but he didn’t.
We arrived in Montbard pretty tired but at least we were going to be in a town on a Friday, so that meant the town was going to be open! We had a quick walk around, it’s a strange little town, but quite nice. We went for a meal at a buzzing little restaurant called Calypso, mainly a pizzeria. Full of locals. It was quite good, and very reasonably priced.
We decided that we would not move tomorrow, and have a well-deserved rest.
|Venarey Les Laumes|
We arrived here at lunch-time. we moored up just where a hotel barge
was due to arrive at 3.30pm, lucky we weren't staying!
|This is the hotel barge we had to wait for, |
it added 40 mins to our already slow journey
|Lovely flowers in Montbard|
Now thats what I call a proper hanging basket
|Our mooring at Montbard, near the Locoboat hire centre.|
We are watching the new holiday makers have their first lesson for our evening entertainment!