Yippee - after saying farewell to our fellow 'winterers' (Paul, Terry and Teresa) and topping up with diesel and other essentials (vin rouge) we cast off on Sat 19 Mar heading west on the Canal du Centre - a bit damp and overcast but free at last.
Then Paray de Monial, an attractive (and expensive town) marred by a side excursion into a dress boutique - much poorer we moved onwards to Digoin where we crossed the Loire.
|Paray Le Monial|
|Canal Aqueduct over the River Loire at Digoin|
The weather deteriorated at Gannay sur Loire so we pushed on, turned onto the Loire at Decize and moored on the Vieille Loire after pushing over a sandbank at the entrance.
|Loire to Lateral|