Our Barge, Odysseus

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Yonne and a Visit to Sens

Shortly after noon we entered the Yonne River at the city on Montereau. We know we're getting deeper into the countryside when the locks close for lunch. That's right; open at 8 or 9, close from 12:30 to 1:30, then close again at 6 or 7. Friday night we missed the last lock we wanted to clear by about 10 minutes. It was really no problem as there was a good place to tie up just below the lock, the only drawback was we had to listen to the water rushing over the weir all night, kind of like camping next to a waterfall.
The next complication occurred the next morning. A large commercial barge pulled in shortly after us Friday evening and was all ready to go right at 9. We weren't quite ready yet so when the lockkeeper motioned us in, we signaled we would be ready a little later. What we didn't know was that the eclusier (lockkeeper) handled the lock we were at and the next one. He'd have to lock the commercial barge through the next lock up and then come back for us. We finally got underway about 11 am but, luckily, we only had about 3 hours travel to our next stop. We did have to wait for the lunch hour to finish before we could lock through the last one of the day but we were secured in Sens by 2:30.

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