These are the adventures of Andy and Sally Rawnsley on their narrowboat "The Puzzler". We have been living on the boat for over eight 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, returning to Roanne for a second winter.
Tuesday, 27 October 2015
22nd - 26th October. Engine problems on the Canal Latéral à la Loire, then deep locks on the Canal de Roanne à Digoin.
This canal was upgraded to Freycinet standard gauge in the late nineteenth century, and some of the locks were combined then. This lock, Chassenard number 8, has a rise of six metres.
This is when a long rope at the bows is essential!
The valley of the river Loire stretches away to our left. Here the river is nearer to the canal, but it meanders to and fro across the valley.
There are still many charolais in the fields here, with this fine bull looking very calm today.
Some trees are still green, while others brighten the canal with autumn colours. Our flowers on The Puzzler are still blooming too, later than in any other year.
The leaves, however pretty, create a problem for the lockkeepers. Our engine isn't too keen on them either!
Wild moorings can be found all along this lovely canal. Tomorrow we will reach Roanne.