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Reflections on the waterways

Reflections on the waterways

Before getting into the planning for 2017, I thought I would have a quick look back at our 2016 cruising, and how different it was to 2015.
Last year we did only 2 short trips, one up the Canal du Rhone au Rijn to Besancon and back to St Jean-de-Losne, and another down the Saone to Chalon-sur-Saone and back. 37 days on board and boating a whole 214 kilometres and 56 locks. (28 actually – but each one twice – on the way out and agin coming back).

Route of 2016 cruise in green

Route of 2016 cruise in green

Compare that to our epic 2015 trip from Zwartsluis in the Netherlands, through Belgium, and to St Jean-de-Losne in France – 79 days on board, but we covered 1275 kilometres and negotiated 299 locks.

Route for 2015 cruise French part only

Route for 2015 cruise French part only

Friends visiting

We love having friends spend a few days on board with us. We are fortunate to have Shangri La, and enjoy sharing the experience of boating on the inland waterways.
Unfortunately the hard boating of 2015 did not lend itself to this, particularly as we were traversing some of the more remote places in France. However, last year 2 sets friends joined us for a few days each.

Friends aboard

Friends aboard

Planning for this year

All this has a bearing on planning for this year. As much as we enjoyed the long 2015 trip, we were under a bit too much pressure to do the distance in the time allowed, and I had booked Shangri La in at H2O in St Jean. 2016 was so much more leisurely and relaxing.
So this year we wont try to achive so much and will stay in the Burgundy area, which should make it easier for friends to plan a stay aboard with us.

Still working on the details – will keep you updated.

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