Big lock day on the Canal du Burgogne! Left Veraney at a little after 9:00 after biking up to a “supermarche” to buy some towels and, of course, more wine. To quote the Waterways Guide “To begin the long ascension towards the dividing pond, you should present yourself at lock 55 between 9AM and 11AM…. Between locks 55 and 16 you will be accompanied by a series of itinerant lock-keepers. At the end of each day you must inform them of your intensions the following day. All the locks are manual so you will need two very full days to reach Pouilly.”
We motored for 4-1/2 hours, 2-1/2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon, arriving at Marigny-le-Cahouet about 3:00PM (where we managed the impossible, finding a place serving cold beer on a Sunday afternoon!). We did 28 locks and 10 Km today, averaging just over 4 minutes per lock. We could often see two locks ahead, and many of the locks were only a couple hundred meters apart.
We have climbed from Joigny (elevation 75 meters) to Marigny (285 meters), so over 600 feet in 82 locks (about 7.5 feet per lock). Tomorrow we attempt to reach Pouilly-en-Auxois, the high point of the canal (370 meters, another 250 feet) where, after a rest day, we will enter a 3km tunnel (the Pouilly Tunnel) as we begin our descent toward Dijon.
And Happy Fete de Mere day! Yes, today is Mother’s Day in France!