Sunday 3 September 2017


We slept in the boat yard overnight and the white ninga arrived with coffee at the normal time. Roger took the opportunity for the last run of the holiday and set off along the canal tow path with Louise following by bike.
The boat was emptied and car packed. Gerry , Chris and Roger were planning to get the train just after 10:00 to Clamecy about 8 miles away to catch their connection to Auxerre and then onto Paris. The train was being replaced by a replacement bus service and we were intending to wait until they were safefly on board. We decided to drive them to Clanamcy instead it was only when we asked if we could leave some cases on the boat whilst Robert drove them to the station we were told there was a rail strike. The receptionist checked the website and fortunately the 12:10 was still running. Robert drove them to Clamency found the train station and dropped them off in the centre of town where they enjoyed a coffee and mini croissants while waiting for the train.

Robert returned to the boat yard to find Lyn and Louise inspecting the Horizon 3 boat that was moored along side us.
It was more upmarket than the one we had hired and included front and rear thrusters. Something for a future trip?

We decided to follow the Canal de Nivernais a little further south and went for a short bike ride up the Sardy staircase locks and it's 16 chambers. Louise was tempered by a crape for an eastern themed cafe in one of the old lock houses . However after a closer inspection of the premises we decided to move on. Perhaps it was the collection of dolls laid out around a base of a tree combined with the general state off the premises. The clouds darkened as we cycled back but we were fortunate and missed the rain.
We reached the car and had a Brexton lunch instead.

We then drove to the accommodation stopping on route for provisions . We arrived just before 17:00 and were meet by Jean-Pierre. He gave us a comprehensive tour of the apartment and some of its history. He had spent 18 months refurbishing the tower and had done a lot of the work himself. It had been done to a high standard and without some of the restrictions of UK building regulations. He was proud of what he had achieved and then went on to show us around his house. We were not expecting any food but he gave us some bread, pain au chocolat and fresh honey from the farm. We declined the escargots from the farm.

The evenings tea was roast pork with garlic served with Apple sauce. We were late putting in to cook because of the length of our tour but the wait was worth it.

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