The day we had planned to leave, it froze the night before – 6 degrees. We had to leave with ice on the decks.
It was a pretty hard job to load the car. We had to throw out a lot of stuff or pass it on to others. We brought the boat to a separate jetty to load the car. This proved challenging and now the car is jam packed with two bikes on the back.
We had our last voyage together this week when we brought the boat to St Jean de Losne, where it will be put up for sale. This was a journey that we wanted to do on our own. It was a nostalgic last journey as we have managed the boat from Douai to Paris, then on to Strasbourg, Berlin and back to Chalon in France. A total of 3819 km, 445 locks,15 aqueducts,7 tunnels and 1 boat lift.
The day turned out to be very sunny but so cold. So cold in fact that when we went through the second lock the water was frozen and we had to break our way through ice.
After a six and half hour trip, we arrived safely in St Jean de Losne and H2O, who will take on the sale of the boat from the 1/3/15.
Bernard Touzet a friend we have made in Chalon, happened to be working in St Jean that day. He is a marine engineering manager and he offered to give me a lift back to Chalon to collect the totally overloaded car.
I left St Jean with Bernard to collect the car and arrived back in St Jean at 7.00pm that night. A 12 hour day for both of us but it all went according to plan.
The next step is to clean the boat and leave it ready for sale.