Two more days on the canal. Quite enjoyable. We are always near the train tracks, road and towns, but you feel as if you are out. We did spend the night in the port at Castlenaudry with electricity, water, showers (we have them on the boat, but they are wet showers better for spit baths), laundry and a town right there.
Day 3: Le Segala – Castelnaudary. 5 locks, one a triple, one a double. 10 KM. Some chippy chippy (very light rain but not a problem.) Some wind in the morning but it died down and most of the day was lovely.
I took a turn piloting the boat once it calmed. Not too bad and I did a couple locks. But, I am still happy to turn the boat back to Jim when the wind comes up.
We had a lovely lunch in Castlenaudry with duck breast, warm goat cheese salad, lovely sausages and foie gras, ….. and then headed oyt for cassoulet for dinner. Yikes, we only needed 2 salads for the 4 of us and ditto on the cassoulet. We now have enough for 3 dinners in our boat frig. But, it was yummy!
Day 4: Castelnaudary – past Bram. 12 locks, one quad, one triple, several doubles plus 4 or 5 singles. The day started out with the quad lock. The locks open at 9 am as does the office where you must collect the “held” passport. Thus, 4 boats race to the lock (which holds 4 boats). Lock 1, lock 2, lock 3, lock 4. We’ve cleared the lock. (Is a quad lock 1 or 4??? We are still trying to figure that out.
There were a bunch of locks; the quad, then a double, then a triple. We would go from lock to lock, enter, then leave. It became tedious and so stopped for lunch to let them move ahead. Much faster to head to a lock solo.
Weather was nice with a little chippy chippy, … then, it started drizzling, then started raining a bit more. I was about ready to call it quits, when the weather got better. Yeah!
Stopped for the night in the “French toolies” (read that, a town near by but lots of trees and seemingly private.) Lovely. Drinking wine, beer, eating chevre, olives, playing with our devices…. Yikes! time to stop that!