Sunday morning, the 4th of August, we had to leave a bit early because of our mooring position. Oncoming traffic might cause a manoeuvring problem and it’s just better to avoid that. As the system is switched on at 09:00AM and the next lock was at a distance of around 5 kilometers we decided to leave 08:30AM. Disciplined as we are, we managed to leave 08:35AM. Chapeau!! The only reachable village of some substance here is Le Chesne, so we desperately wanted to moor there, with an eye on the phone and Internet signal. The distance is reasonable, there are only one short tunnel and three locks to digest, so we expected to reach the place around noon. Bad luck however, the very last lock to do was ‘en panne’. One of us managed to jump on the bank and alarm a VNF-employee (each lock is equipped with a working intercom). We had to wait for almost an hour!! And the one on the ship, la capitaine, constantly had to move her forward, backward, left, right. That, we can assure you, is ultimately tiring. More revs, less revs, turning the wheel… Pff… There was no facility at all to moor up there. Eventually we reached Le Chesne around 1:25PM and la capitaine, her again, moored the ship in a space that was exactly the ship’s length. Bravo! See the picture. There is no phone or Internet signal here as well… We plan to stay for another day and go to a public place, like a park, to try to insert the blog page onto the Internet. We are moored close to a bridge (a stone was already thrown on top of the ship) more or less ‘deep’, so we hope that is the problem. Fingers crossed… (This page is put onto the Internet on Monday afternoon through an Internet-cafe in Le Chesne, no less!!! Bye, bye.)
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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...)