Last night we went into town to get dinner. It was my kind of restaurant–lots of color and eclectic art.
We were in a marina so our water needs were cut off. Bathrooms and showers were over half a mile from the boat, so that is why we chose to eat out. We were backon the water at 8:45 having to steer clear of oyster and mussel traps.
we ate lunch on the boat and went exploring and scavenging in town. Tonight we are eting on the boat with a meal prepared by Margaret and Eldon. So far Debbie has been the winner of Scrabble and Chris of Spades. Bananagrams has been great fun too.
As we sailed today we passed ponds full of wild flamingos.
We finished the canal du midi today and crossed over into open water.
Last night we had a gorgeous sunset foretelling of a beautiful day. Debbie and Paul cooked us a wonderful meal
We awoke to a rainy day, which was to continue most of the day. We ranerrands, replenishing stocks and were on our way by 11. We had the stairstep locks which we had to go through today. Going our direction they were only open from 1:30 – 3:30. We were first in line at fonserannes, so we tied up and explored a bit
We ate an excellent asparagus soup lunch which Margaret made with asparagus we bought that morning at the market, plus bits and pieces of leftovers. By the time we ate and cleaned up, it was time to begin our decline of 7 locks.
The women were the lock masters on land and we walked the ropes through each descending lock. It was lightly raining as we started, but was pouring down before too long. We worked amazingly well together and made it through in 45 minutes. We then went over an aqueduct and saw Beziers in the distance.
and our crew worked really well. We could be fulltime lockkeepers! We did have a moment of panic when our thrusters stopped working. Charles called and found out we had to reset a fuse and then we were back up full speed.
We ended up going through 3 more locks before our day ended.
We had our best meal yet on the trip last night in Capestang. We walked back into town with a fine misty rain. The restaurant was a little past the town center and next door to a wonderful street art installation. Whoever painted this was quite good.
most of us got the price fixed menu which was fairly inexpensive and was more food than we could eat. Many of us started with the camambert in pastry with salad, or spiced chicken on salad, or soup. Then we ate either fish
This morning we got some free wifi before heading out. We cooked a brunch enroute,
Two of our crew got off to check on boats on the other side, and we planned to pick them up on the other side. We got there and we were missing one. Luckily we had our walkie talkies and found him and were good to go. We ate our brunch and tooled on to Colombiere. Clay had to backup into our slot anddid a fine job.
We awoke to a rainy, much colder day. It was a good day to do a longer boat ride, steering from inside the boat for the first time.
We went about 16 miles today. When we did the 5 locks, Debbie and I were the lock people. I rode a bike between the locks! Thankfully it was level riding, but it was still a good workout. I rode/walked the 3.2 miles. At the last lock, we loaded back up the bikes and we jumped back on.
We pulled up to the bank and pegged in for an on-boat lunching experience.
Margaret made deviled eggs in honor of Easter and we also had a lovely salad nicoise and roasted potatoes from the night before. It was all quite good and I actually ate an anchovy and liked it somewhat.
Then we took off and made it into our port for the evening Capestang around 3:00. The small village was loaded with boats.
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For some reason, my first attempt went to drafts, so here is my second attempt.
What a wonderful way to spend my birthday! We got up and had fresh pastries then took off down the canal. We stopped in Somail and had a great birthday lunch.
They turned down the lights and played a birthday song throughout the restaurant and brought me a tiramisou with a lit sparkler– plus a kiss from the owner.
We walked around town and then back on our way.