Fragnes – Again

Feeling generally more positive about life.  The boats  all fixed and running well and we have made our way back to Fragnes and the start of the Canal du Centre. The lovely Celine (the captain at Fragnes) helped me today to start sorting out the dead camper van.   The good news is that the garage think they can remove the engine and send it away to a specialist to recondition it and then replace it.  It will still be a substantial bill but should be a lot cheaper than trying to source a new one or another one that fits.   As I said life looks a little rosier today.


We turned around at  Dijon and headed back  to get the water pump replaced at SJDL, stopping at a decent stop at Plombieres


The Canal de Bourgogne is undoubtedly beautiful but..


There are serious signs of neglect and lack of maintenance and also a  serious weed problem which was not being tackled


We have seen many interesting dogs at locks but this one was magnificent


Gladys meeting her same breed at SJDL


We left the Blanquart boatyard and moved round to the steps to meet up with Maggie and Nigel on Gesina


Not forgetting their lovely dog Tashi


We left SJDL very early, just after dawn and with only 2 locks to negotiate we were able to make the trip to the Canal du Centre in one day with a new water pump… no problem..Phew.


Tes took this picture a few minutes ago showing the threatening sky and an incoming thunderstorm.  The temperatures in the last few days have been very very high and over 40 in the boat and 35 outside and 100% humidity.  The thunderstorm will bring a little relief  but the forecast is more of the same.

Tomorrow we will head up the canal.

This post was written by Terry Barrett

Photographs by Tes


  • Betsey and Chris Bomford

    Looks like you are having a great time, wish we were there. We are now near Arnhem having done the northern Holland circuit. Not sure if we will make it any further than here as we have some potential buyers doing a test drive next week……we will have to wait and see what transpires. Hope the rest of the summer is great for you. Cheers, Chris and Betsey too.

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