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.

Monday, 7 September 2015

27th - 31st August. Through Génelard and Paryl-le Monial to join the Canal Latéral à la Loire.

Going through the long cutting before Génelard, there is an aluminium barge, sailing along the side wall! It is quite impressive.
The mooring at Génelard is just below the lock, at the end of the cutting. It is a large basin, with boats all around, and several camper vans too, sharing the facilities.

This attractive lock was soon after that, with the requisite pile of logs, ready for the winter.
In Paray-le Monial, there is a kilometre available for mooring. The road runs parallel to the canal, and we inadvertently moored opposite some traffic lights, so it was not a quiet place! The evening light was lovely though.
In Digoin we crossed the River Loire, on the aqueduct. We are now on the Canal Latéral à la Loire, which runs along the same valley as the river Loire.

Having crossed this aqueduct just before midday, we had to wait until 1.30 before the lock was open for use again. It is a long lunch hour here!

It is quite an impressive aqueduct over the river Loire, especially when seen from the river down below.
There are stacks of firewood everywhere. There was no house near here, so some campers helped themselves to several logs, and had a good camp fire nearby! No-one seemed to mind.

The Loire valley is quite wide here.
Ahead of us is an avenue of weeping plane trees. We have not seen any of these before, but they made a splendid display of greenery, right down to the water's edge.

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