As we were retracing our footsteps along the Canal Marne au Rhin we tried to stop at different moorings to the way out, though there was no real alternative to Lutzelbourg. This time we managed to find a mooring at Saverne opposite the Chateau.
|Chateau Rohan Saverne|
The deep lock at Rechicourt (15.4m) was a squeeze this time - the Eclusier insisted on fitting in 4 craft and our jackstaff got damaged (more grump).
|Lagarde - early morning|
Fascinated by some of the place names en route Xouaxange, Gondrexange, Xirxange, Xures which don't exactly trip off an English tongue - must do a Google search to find the derivations. A lady sharing an ecluse with us gave us a fright by falling into the rapidly emptying ecluse from her hireboat (she thought it was funny once we get her out)!! Not sure filling out Inquest forms in French would be.
So we traipsed back past Nancy to Toul where we turned south on the Moselle - we had planned a shortcut down the Embranchement du Nancy but that was semi-permanently closed (to the surprise of our Navigo software). A few very long days in the absence of any good moorings - Angela tired and giving the crew a hard time again. A few nice family sized chateaus on the Moselle which Angie fancied (I pointed out the cleaning and heating costs)..
|Canal des Vosges|
Off south again towards Epinal which we wanted to recce as a winter mooring, but the embranchement was closed so pushed on (an extra 14 ecluses) to Les Forges. At which point we were told by VNF that Ecluse 37 was closing for 2 weeks + in two days! Could we do 37 ecluses in 2 days - mais bien sûr. A pity as we were sprinting past places where we would have liked to linger. Fontenoy Le Chateau was pretty little town - if slightly run down in places aka derelict - a possible wintering spot one year? Managed to get bread and water before lunch closure.
Then off to Corre and the junction with the River Saone