Le fin du Canal du Centre!

Yesterday we reached the eastern terminus of  the Canal du Centre in Digoin. The Canal du Centre links the Saône river valley to the west with the Loire valley. It officially ends at the Loire River where an impressive canal bridge crosses the Loire.

The canal bridge over the Loire at night
Boat passing over the Loire
Canal du Centre

Today we begin a little side trip down the Canal de Roanne à Digoin towards Roanne. Hopefully it will cool off  – temperatures have been in the 90’s the past few days. We met a nice couple from Florida who have been barging in France for 8 years a few days back and have been locking with them since Montceau-Les-Mines. They invited us to dinner on their boat (they actually cook!) and gave us all kinds of useful info about barging and the Great Loop (which they have done three times).

Local celebreties in Digoin

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