Fed up with hanging around for different people to make their mind up if or not we can go in the dry dock before we left, so cast off the lines and left anyway. We need to come back to Decize for doctors and dentists appointments in June so a spring cruise in glorious weather seemed like the right idea. We will book the dry dock for June.
Sunrise at Gannay
We set off down the Lateral towards Briare. We made an initial detour to Mark and Celia’s at Gannay as we were due to dog sit for a few days while they returned to the UK but those arrangements got screwed up, so we just spent a few days with M&C barbecuing and drinking plenty. Very nice but an early thrash for the liver.
Occupied stork nest on the way back to Decize
The weather remained good for the stay at Gannay and the start of the cruise down the Lateral. After a couple of overnight stops at familiar places we stopped at La Charite, a rich historic town in the geographic centre of France.
The deep lock at Le Guetin, near Nevers
It is also on one of the main routes of , our old friend, the Camino. The St James pilgrimage route to Santiago Campostela. La Charite is named after the charitable works performed by the hospitals towards the pilgrims on their way through.
We met up with Guy and Ruth Toye who live on the port in a wonderful old house and with other boaters got invited to supper up at the Toye’s house. A splendid evening was had by all and luckily didn’t have to drive back to the boat
This post was written by Terry Barrett
Photographs by Tes