We joined the Canal de Nord at Pont l'Eveque - a definite change to northern architecture with lots of brick and stepped house gables. The bassin had been emptied 'for fireworks' so the only mooring was very tightly squeezed between two peniches on the mainline. A peniche anchor took off my stern jackstaff overnight so another repair job.
A charmed run as we didn't have to share or give way to any commercials travelling our way. No good moorings so after doing a longish tunnel we found a small rather bleak layby for the night, Between one bollard and large stakes we survived a windy night helped by very few commercials passing.
The next afternoon it was into the River Somme, a slightly different scale.
|First Somme ecluse (only automated one)|
|An easy to spot eclusier|
|Not coypu - snorkellers at Corbie (takes all kinds)|
|Amiens - should have turned right|
|Amiens ecluse - should have lowered the wheelhouse|
|Picquigny - chateau bits|
|Picquigny chateau church|
|Please can I come|
|End of 100 years War - Treaty de Picquigny 1475|
|Maritime Canal bridge|
|St Valery port|
|A 'beach holiday' in the rain|
|Well silted up bay|
|Are you sure this is the right way?|
|Looks pagan to me|
|Long Chateau - lovely gardens|
Then it was back on the Canal de Nord - still being lucky with the ecluses with no hold ups. We had five ecluses - then the Ruyualcourt tunnel 5 km with a passing spot in the middle where three commercials passed us without slowing - rumour has it La Capitaine shut her eyes!
|Hermies Canal de Nord|