Our Barge, Odysseus

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Bike Ride on the Maas

Another nice day and we really don't know how to act. Might as well get out the bikes and take a little ride. This one took us out of Maastricht past the Helport and to the southwest along the Jeker River into wine growing country. It was Monday so we didn't see any wineries open but we followed the road over to the Mighty Albert Canal.

We followed it down to it's junction with the River Maas and checked out one of the giant river locks. This loaded coal barge is probably 80 meters (250 feet) long.

And they take a pretty big drop!

We will not be going this way!

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