We left Toul on a grey showery day and that has persisted for weeks. On the Meuse we were covering old ground, albeit four cruising seasons ago and in the opposite direction so it seemed a bit different.
Lots of weed in the canalised Meuse so had to clean the filters a lot and, hard to believe, some of the pounds had low water levels. We got held up at an ecluse near a cement works so Kotare had a new colour scheme - grey! The Meuse width was all over the place though not much current (we were going downstream)
|Verdun entrance (from south)|
Dun sur Meuse was a nice little town, unfortunately the church was at the top of a steep hill so Peter suffered again. A huge church for a tiny fortified village almost impossible to get a good photo not helped by the rain.
|Dun sur Meuse|
|That's Kotare on the right :}|
Our last effort on the Meuse before turning off was to tie up on a very dodgy 8m pontoon in shallows near a Sedan Intermarche - managed to get a new gas bottle (as well as food) ready for the darkest Ardenne. The last ecluse and the *** eclusier shut the gates and opened the paddles before Peter could get the 2nd rope on (and untie the first). Our 2nd best rope shortened by another metre or so!!
|A dog's life|
|Next stop the Grand Union|
Then we took the Canal de Oise-Aisne, cutting north west towards the Canal de Nord. Commercials in front of us on day one and also coming the other way ( 4 or 5) on day two, very overgrown so we ended up in the bushes occasionally, making room for them. In the Braye tunnel we found we had caught up with a commercial so ended up choked on diesel fumes and deafened by the engine noise echoing in the confined space. Tomorrow on to the Canal de Nord and the traffic will at a guess get worse.
|Braye southern entrance|
|Braye northern entrance (plus fumes)|