A bit surprised at all the free moorings with electricity, we expected the Loire to be 'fashionable' meaning expensive. So far (6 weeks) we have spent about €30 on moorings in total. Our cruising pattern has deteriorated so we are only moving on the dry days!
After leaving Ménetreol we tied up on a rough bank so we could shop at the adjacent Colruyt supermarché (and put 60 litres of diesel in the tank) dodging cars on the road - then on to Léré a nice town and just enough mod cons eg a pharmacy for Angie's sun rash (not sure how she got that)! The two things you can guarantee in a French village are a Pharmacy and a Hairdresser - Alimentation or Boulangerie nowadays not so certain.
|Léré washhouse (first good one since the Midi)|
Chatillon sur Loire is where the canal originally crossed the River Loire into the old Canal de Briare so dodging rain drops..
|small lock down to the Loire|
|the Loire was semi canalised so the barges could cross|
|there is a lock entrance there somewhere!|
|up to the old Briare canal - note the small entrance and no boat engine!|
|Briare aqueduct (new canal)|
|requiring some renovation equals £200k in England|
|Rogney les Sept Ecluses|
Les Bruhle Muhle (canals side by side)
|Did someone call?|