River Saone – To Chalon-sur-Saone and back – 11th to 17th October 2016
Part 1 – to Verdun-sur-le-Doubs
So our final excursion in 2016 was a brief trip down the River Saone to Chalon-su-Saone and back to St Jean for wintering. And it was a bit chilly and wet. But still enjoyable.
Tuesday was spent removing rest of the covers and generally getting the boat ready. An acquaintance of Karen’s who was cycling through France joined us to hitch a ride to Chalon-sur-Saone.
Ever since we bought Shangri La we have been bothered by the davits on the stern. They are really good davits, but as we do not have a dinghy, they are actuall in the way. Quite why we never did this before, but we unbolted them and stowed them away in the engine room space. What a difference. So wish we had done this long ago.
The best thing is now we can get the stern closer to the quay when mooring at finger jetties.
The Saone really is an easy river, and with only 2 locks to negotiate, we arrived at Verdun-sur-le-Doubs early afternoon.
Both locks, Seurre and Ecuelles, were big locks and quite deep, 3,75 and 3,20 meteres respectively but presented no problems at all.
We tied up stern-to at Verdun, and Karen was thrilled as she could now step off the stern so much more easily, now that the davits were removed.
A very pleasant mooring, right close to the Capitainerie and Tourist office, with electricity and water. Once again though, the wifi was very poor.
We wandered round the town – another attractive old French village, but not really much happening.
The next day – raining! A quick look at the local weekly market, and we carried on, in the rain down to Chalon.