September 7th, a Monday. Oudenaarde was left 9:27AM for our next destination, being Gent (some people might call it Ghent). We followed the upper Schelde (Escaut) for another 26 kilometers (over 16 miles), descending two locks on the way, crossed the Ringvaart and continued on the Schelde towards the last lock with the grand name ‘Brusselsepoortsluis’. The lockkeeper asked for our ‘vignet’, a requirement when using the Flemish waterways – surprisingly not when using the Walloon ones. Of course we know this and answered him that we wanted to buy one. What followed was a nasty man, informing us about not being able to sell us one and lecturing us about ‘an obligation to have knowledge of the rules’. There was this patronizing smile on his face all the time; we could scoop up his Schadenfreude. Anyway, he was unable to let us descend ‘his’ little lock. One of us, guess who?, had to travel back by bike to ‘Sluis Merelbeke’, a distance of some 10 kilometers (6,25 miles) to go there and back. After a delay of two hours we moored at Gent’s Portus Ganda at 5:07PM, hardly visible here on the left far end – in front of the last boat.
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Dankjewel, Tineke! Tot gauw 😍.
En dan nog even en Amersfoort in zicht
De laatste foto: ongelooflijk!!!!!
Dank je wel, Tineke! We zien mekaar hopelijk snel in A'foort.
Jaja, 't schiet op. Maar rustig aan, want de Nijkerkersluis is nog een paar dagen geblokkeerd. (En een 'Vollenhove' zal ik -als ik er aan toe kom- een n toevoegen...)