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.
Tuesday, 10 July 2018
22nd June - 2nd July 2018. Up the river Saône from St-Jean-de-Losne to Corre, stopping at Mailly-le-Port, Lamarche-sur-Saône, Mantoche, Gray, Ray-sur-Saône, as well as wild moorings.
From St-Jean-de-Losne we headed north on the River Saône, which seems very wide, after two and a half months on various canals.
It was quite busy again at Mantoche, but there was plenty of room for all.
This is what you call a Happy Family!
We met John and Karen once again at Gray, and had another very late night!
The Saône is getting noticeably narrower now, as we continue upstream. Fortunately, there is very little stream to slow us down.
We are following the main river here, to get to Ray-sur-Saône. The castle is only open on special days, but this was not one of them.
There are five individual jetties here. They were designed for cruisers, but those at each end are fine for longer boats.
This donkey was upset when we did not feed him.
We stopped for a swim today. The temperature inside the boat is 36.5, while outside it has gone off the scale!
Another perfect mooring at this fenced picnic area.