These are the adventures of Andy and Sally Rawnsley on their narrowboat "The Puzzler". We have been living on the boat for over nine years now and are still loving it. Our Ulster born Shih Tzu, Shannon, has grown up, and has taken over the boat! After three wonderful years in Ireland, we transported The Puzzler to The Netherlands, and spent a year there. In 2015 we went southwards, to reach the north of France by June. After glorious weather throughout the summer, we arrived in Roanne in late October, and enjoyed our winter in this friendly port. We cruised extensively in France in 2016, 2017 and 2018, returning to Roanne each winter.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

15th - 19th October. Up the river Amstel to Ouderkerk, where we saw the Amsterdam Marathon.

We carried on to the Midrecht, with the barge Concordia gaining on us all the way! He passed us just before Zomerlust cycle bridge.

We passed this conversion of a typical Dutch lifting barn. The roof can be lifted on the corner poles as high as is needed for the hay underneath.

Autumn skies today.

The attractive church at Nes aan de Amstel looks out over the river, but there is nowhere to stop here, in order to visit the village.

We stayed at this mooring in Ouderkerk for a few days. This is a pleasant town, built on both sides of the Amstel.
On Sunday the Amsterdam Marathon was run, and the course brought the athletes south along the Amstel river from Amsterdam to Ouderkerk. Having crossed the bridge here, they returned up the east bank of the river. This is the elite group, just over an hour into the race, approaching the bridge. Can you see Bernard Kipyego, the eventual winner, in this group?

These runners are just over an hour slower than the elite group as they cross Ouderkerk bridge. At this point they are nearly half way through the race.

The route leaves the river bank briefly, past the trees here, behind the riverside houses.

The runners opposite us are being cheered on by the jet packer on the river.

Back at The Puzzler later on, we could still see runners crossing the bridge.

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