I've really enjoyed the fact that along a major part of the canal there is the Velo Route 6, a cycle route that runs thorough 10 countries for 3653 km from the Atlantic to the Black Sea. Velo Route 6 follows the Loire, Doubs, Rhine and the Danube. This means its been very simple to carry on with my running, along the cycle route, away from cars, and with the fabulous view of the canal.
|Velo Route 6|
We see lots of cyclists with their panniers fully laden following the route for their holiday
staying in B&B's and camping along the way.
As we have now got into the month of August we have come across lots of businesses closed for their annual holidays. This can be very disappointing when you find a highly recommended restaurant on Trip Advisor to find it is closed for 3-4 weeks!
We have also noticed a lot more hire boats around, which is good to see as I am sure with the breach of the canal north of us it means that there aren't any private barges coming down the canal from Paris.
While we were in Nevers Port we had a fabulous evening with some friends who stayed at the city on their way back from the south of France.
We are now moored at Ménétréol-sous-Sancerre. We had a lovely cruise here, a beautiful sunny morning, no wind, so very still waters that make for good photos. We've been very lucky with our moorings so far. Its alway great when you plan to moor up somewhere you especially like, to arrive and find a perfect sized space for Rangali!
A Summary of our travels
Friday 29th July
Beaulon to Gannay 2 hrs 14km 3 locks
We saw more Storks circling high in the sky at Gannay, and we even saw a Stork nest perched on top of a dead tree trunk.
|Proof we have seen Storks this year, a very big bird|
Saturday 30th July
Gannay to Decize 4 hrs 16km 5 locks
The lock keeper at Gannay was a little slow getting us through which meant we got to Decize automatic lock just after 12 noon so we had to wait until 1pm to get into the marina.
We enjoyed staying at Decize marina but we were disappointed to find the Charolais Restaurant in the town had closed down, it was a thriving business when we where there two years ago. Decize is easy to stay at as there is a nearby supermarket within easy walking distance.
Tuesday 2nd August
Decize to Fleury sur Loire 2.25 hrs 11.5km 2 locks
The boulangerie was open, (closed on Wednesdays)
A very nice mooring with a cafe that is open for lunch and dinner
Fleury sur Loire to Nevers 5 hrs 22.5km 5 locks
|Its about a 2 mile walk into the city of Nevers from the port, |
there are some really lovely old buildings but the town does seem rather run down in places
|Our mooring at Nevers Port|
Sunday 7th August
Nevers to Cours Les Barres 5.5 hrs 23km 5 locks
Nevers to Cours Les Barres 5.5 hrs 23km 5 locks
Monday 8th August
Cours les Barres to Beffes 1.5hrs 8.5 km 3 locks
Beffes is a really lovely mooring. A lot of investment has been made into the facilities for the town. The quay is immaculate, water and electric that you pay for by credit/debit card 5.6 euros for 24 hrs. the washing/dryer machine was rather busy!
|A very nice mooring at Beffes, far right is barge Sojourn|
|I enjoyed a bike ride with Pam and Rob along some of Velo route 6|
Charity sur Loire in the background
|I made the mistake in going for a run late afternoon|
it was still too hot and I found it very tough, this was me just setting off
my face was bright red when I got back to the boat
Thursday 11th August
Beffes to Champalay (Nearish Pouilly Sur Loire) 4 hrs 20.5km 4 locks
We got to our first lock at 9am, having booked it for 9am the day before. We had noticed when we left Beffes that the water level was very high. We are not sure what happened overnight, maybe someone didn't leave to sluices in the correct position, but we had to wait at the lock for about 45 mins before we were let through, with the reason being that there wasn't enough water depth on the other side of the lock. This meant we didn't get to our last planned lock of the day before 12 noon so we had to wait until 1pm to be let though.
After moooring up at Champalay we walked 4.5km into Pouilly sur Loire to buy some bottles of Pouilly Fume. We found a wine producer that was happy to deliver to the boat as it was too far to carry more than a couple of bottles of wine and we'd bought 24!
|A very quiet mooring, wild mint growing in the grass |
so there was a lovely aroma as you walked over it
Friday 12th August
Champalay to Ménétréol-sous-Sancerre 1.45 hrs 9km 2 locks
|A beautiful mornings cruise|
|Sancerre in the background, a very pretty lock|
A lovely mooring, right next to a busy little restaurant and there is a boulangerie, open this time, last time we were here they were on holiday.
|A beautiful spot to moor at Ménétréol-sous-Sancerre|
|We had a 4 course lunch for 13 euros each-main course was Moules and Frites|
House wine Sancerre
We've booked for dinner tomorrow night (Sat)
it's a set three course meal with free music, it is a holiday weekend this weekend in France
|A glass of Sancerre, 1.25 euros a glass!|