This house reminded us of our beloved Auxerre!!
John admiring another World War One memorial.
Relaxing in a rare period of sunshine at Buffon.
We moved on to Montbard where we spent two nights (one of which we got charged for?!?!) but it rained consistently so there are not any pictures!
We then travelled on to Venerey for two nights where we rough moored alongside a Boat Hire Base which we were amused to see was being guarded by a goose in a kennel!
Our space in Venerey. We charged up our anatomical batteries and set off on Monday morning (20th) to commence the dreaded staircase of locks up to the tunnel. We have never seen such rain, and whilst John was tucked up nice and dry in the wheelhouse I was out in the pouring rain to do the ropes for the locks.....!!! We spent that night at 'Marigny-le-Cahouet' having done 30 locks in the day, and three changes of dry clothes for me, I was soaked to the skin literally!!!
The next day was wet again, but after 14 locks we decided we would stay at St Thibault which advertised a 'Halte Nautique'. When we got there it consisted of a sign with the name and nothing else, we couldn't even moor there as it was too shallow so we perched the other side of the canal. It was certainly a peaceful and very dark night!
The next day (22nd) we finished the staircase of locks and after another 12 locks found ourselves at Pouilly-en-Auxois, where we will have stayed 3 nights. It was really needed after all those locks, to ease my aching arms!
Patrice has discovered the joy of climbing trees but isn't so good at getting down again, so John to the rescue....!!
So tomorrow we enter the 3 Kilometre tunnel to commence our descent towards our destination, Dijon for the Dutch Barge Association rally, although quite a few boats wont be getting there as the rivers are still in full flood, the Yonne is closed again and there is a huge hole at Montceau les Mines in the Canal de Centre which has stopped other barges getting through.