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Sep 16, 2012 - Agen

Cold start this morning, left around 8.15, and it was 9.2 degrees, hey Ros, lucky we had done some winter rides! It was quite misty which was a bit scary on the narrow roads, so very thankful for our little flashing lights. About 10kms back to the cycle track, then the whole way from there on the path beside the canal, so good not to worry about traffic. The occasional rider going the other way, or a few walkers was about it. We were a bit worried about food as we realized that nearly everything was closed as it was Sunday, lucky we had...

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Buts Mer de Mer 2012

Jul 11, 2011 - On the move again to a quaint Larressingle

Up early to finish packing and clearing the boat. The locoboat representative turns up late and inspects the boat – we have returned the broom to its rightful order. The taxi arrives to take us back to Agen to pick up Louis – 85 Euros. We pack the car and set off for Condom again. The kids want to buy a few things – including post cards from the town. Unfortunately we arrive during the lunch break and, once again, the place is shut. We have lunch and drive the five kilometres to Larressingle – our accommodation for the night is just...

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Jul 10, 2011 - Our last day on the river

A wonderful thunderstorm through the night and some welcome rain. The thunder was just amazing – moving away only to return again and again – certainly made the boat vibrate. In the morning we notice that the river has risen overnight and we feel quite comfortable progressing. We stop in at Condom a great little town. Unfortunately, being Sunday, everything is closed except for a couple of cafes. We try again to find a bar or something with a TV to catch some of the Le Tour but as usual nothing going – don’t the French watch? A superb...

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Jul 9, 2011 - Markets and other critters

We visit the supermarket in Ladarvac to get provisions – we have been warned that there will not be any more supplies for two days. The supermarket is huge, a mix of Big W and Woolworths. Hard to believe in this small town. Our first stop today is Nerac where there is another market this morning. We arrived just in time as it closes at lunchtime – along with every other shop in town (mid afternoon siestas are common here). A great market – firstly vegetables, meat and sausages and cheese (to die for). Then clothing and all sorts of other...

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Jul 8, 2011 - We begin our trip up the Baise river

Today we travel through the lock that takes us onto the Baise River. The riverside is mostly natural vegetation – quite high and dense trees and we can only see what is behind them at intervals. The vegetation usually comes right down to the water. We see plenty of ducks, waders, hawks, beautiful blue kingfishers and a whole bunch we can’t name. Dragonflies hitch a ride on the ropes on the boat. We can see the occasional fish jumping in the water – a good size but not sure we want to eat from the river. The locals do not share our caution...

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Jul 7, 2011 - We return to Buzet

Little black-grey dab chicks – Mum and Dad and the smallest little baby entertain us at breakfast on our mooring. The old boy releases the land lines and spins Saint Christophe about so Toby and crew can head upstream whilst he takes a bike and tours the countryside. Miles of good sealed flat rural roads through fields of maize and sunflowers. Also plantations of poplars and elm. Stops to talk to farm dogs and old tractors and new tractors and big irrigators. Pinches apples and plums and ends up alongside the river at Tonniens, not anywhere...

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Jul 6, 2011 - To Pont de Sables

We set off to travel further up the Canal de Garonne – a day spent alternating between relaxing and riding our bikes along the canal path. We see little villages on the side and a couple of small houses that I could quite happily live in. Most have their shutters closed to keep out the heat – although today is much cooler. We do some washing and hang it out on the deck to make the most of the breeze. For our stop tonight we pull up on the bank just outside of Pont de Sables. We explore the village on our bikes, find a La Poste for the kids...

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Jul 5, 2011 - A day trip to Buzet - the junction of the canal and the river Baise

We set off on our first real day on the boat. Our first challenge a set of four locks. Much easier than the English locks – these are automatic and once we are set and tied all we need to do is hit the green button and the correct gates shut and the water starts to reduce. We follow a guy whose job it is to deliver the hire canal boats to different destinations along the canal – where was I when that job was given out? We continue along the canal at a leisurely pace of 8 knots, very little other traffic which is nice. Every now and then we...

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Jul 4, 2011 - Now to Agen and the Canal de Garonne

Another bright sunny morning, goodbye to Amy and David, the company of whom we enjoyed even if so brief. They to Bordeaux and we five to Agen, a journey of five hours, through huge fields of cereals being harvested with enormous combines and equally huge tractors and trailers. Also sunflowers all standing to attention with their brilliant golden heads worshipping their namesake. Eventually the grain gives way to mixed farming, low hills, little villages and the vineyards of the Bordeaux region. Fat cattle, horses and quite enjoyable...

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