We passed through St Gilles ecluse onto the Petite Rhone at about 7am on 1 Aug - a cheerful eclusier (same as 2011) which started the day well. The rudder indicator had been playing up since we changed the rudder top bearing and it packed up (winter job) as did the 'speedo' due to mud or weed, so on full visual rather than instruments we did a fairly easy run up the Petite Rhone doing about 7 km/hr against the current (using an old fashioned watch to time it)..
|Petite Rhone entrance (from Rhone)|
We were pushed around a bit at the dreaded Tarrascon bridges but no real problem.
|Beaucaire from the Rhone.|
|Road hog but we weren't arguing|
|Avignon from the south|
|Pont d'Avignon (or more correctly Pont de Benezet)|
|Villeneuve sur Avignon north of Avignon|
|Rhone at 8am|
|Viviers looking south|
|Must be a big bateau to fit that on|
|The last Rhine steam (chain) tug|
It only took us 6 hours into Vienne, in grotty weather but the screen wiper did its job just. Boat lights on for probably only the second or third time in 4 years. Onto a 25m pontoon south of the Passerelle - the commercials bounced us about a bit but we were happy to have stopped.Six hours after leaving Vienne we were in Lyon About a km up the River Saone we found the new Lyon marina (still unfinished) told Le Capitaine we had shrunk to 16m and settled in on a wall for a few days. Fuel consumption from Palavas on the Rhone au Sete to Lyon was only 150 litres - hard to believe. Lucky with the ecluses, not a lot of wind and few commercials (or plaisanciers) made for a good run.
Now for the final push. The 14kms up the Lyon 'chute' had us down to 4 km/hr and talk about boring, nothing to look at except an occasional road bridge. We were passed with consummate ease by a hotel boat luckily it had gone by the time we got to the last ecluse.
|Quite big those floating bollards|
|La Confluence marina|
The new Marina has a big up market shopping mall with a large Carrefour and a boulangerie within staggering distance - but despite lots of restaurants it is a a bit modern and soulless at the moment. The drunks jumping into the Bassin on Friday night cut down the sleep but were no trouble. We did some sightseeing in central Lyon (on the way south in 2011 we did the Roman bits and museum).
We rehydrated - extracted more money from Credit Agricole and after three days - you guessed it - pushed on.