June 10, 2018
Homps to the Middle of Nowhere
We had a good sleep on the boat in our “bedroom” with two single beds and a narrow path in the middle. We actually do have an ensuite bathroom because we are only with three passengers plus our leader Ollie (Oliver). Ollie is 28 years young and seems like a very easygoing and outgoing person.
We did have breakfast on board from supplies that Ollie had bought the day before. It was yoghourt, muesli, baguette bread with jam and cheese. After breakfast we made a groceries list and walked through Homps to the grocery store which was attached to a gas station. When we got back to the boat we got ready to start sailing! We got some instructions about our work at the locks and we set off!
Throughout the day we went through 11 locks. It proved to be quite a bit of work to hold the boat steady through the chambers of the locks with water rushing in, trying to push the boat out of its spot. The weather proved to be holding up okay. We had a bit of rain during the day and it got very humid. We had lunch on the deck of the boat in the middle of a small village – I don’t remember the name of the village and can’t find it on the map.
Later in the afternoon we stopped in Marseillette. At the place where we tied up Jill found some duck eggs and so tomorrow morning we will try some duck eggs for breakfast. Ollie, Jill and Eke walked into the village (uphill) and saw the first communication tower built in 18??. It is now a clock tower. We saw a piece of the old city wall with the gate, where people now live in apartments. Then we walked over to the village church from where we had a beautiful view over the Aude valley. Lots of vineyards and everything is so lush and green!
Back on board we all agreed to go a little further and stay overnight in a very quiet area outside of any village. We stopped a half hour sailing west of Marseillette and tied up. We all worked as a team to prepare our dinner: Ollie barbequed sausages, Eke prepared carrots and Jill the potatoes. We also made a salad. We had a wonderful meal later in the evening on top of the deck and felt very fulfilled after a very productive day.
Sleep came easy for us after a day of physical work that we are not used to!