The day starts off cool, so C and I decide to walk the 9kms to the next lock.This is quite an overgrown section of the canal, which is quite unusual. The trees and bushes grow out low over the water and it is as if one sails down a green tunnel.
We are on the tarmac path which runs beside the canal.
It begins to rain very soon, and we arrive at the boat, about one and a half hours later, very wet indeed. The boat has entered the 4 lock system (Le Passage) before the aqueduct at Agen,
so we are in time to help the boat through the locks, see earlier entry for the trouble we are having. No need to land anyone as C and I run between the locks (as we are already dripping wet) and are able to get the ropes from those on board.
The aqueduct at Agen is very long (perhaps you can see it in the centre of the above photo) because it is built to cross the Garonne, which is a very big river. We come close and move away from this river most of our time on the canal. And don't worry, when we come back down river it is a glorious day so there are many more photos of this interesting feature to come ;-)
We take lessons from another boat going through the lock with us, and, reading the Aquitaine waterways guide, we see that boats going up river should hold in the lock at the back to avoid the wash from the incoming water, whereas boats going down should hold at the front to avoid the outrush when the water leaves the lock. Great news, and this certainly helps our lock experiences. (This solves problem 2 if you have been counting.)
We glide along the aquaduct
and into port at Agen. It is so wet that we stay indoors, all we want is shore power so we can put on the heaters, change into dry clothes and warm up (and dry the wet ones!). P & F head off into town to find bread (our daily chore!) and the rest of us eat soup and warm up.
2 hours later we leave Agen and head up the canal towards Valence. It is wet on and off for the rest of the day, and we are hanging out for May 1, when we are told the rain will stop and spring will come. Roll on tomorrow!!
We moor at Valence, next to some English people, but have no power as for some reason the power box isn't working. We put in a call to the Harbour authority and are told they will come tomorrow to look at it. A lovely dinner on shore at a hotel the 'She'll be right' - La Tout Va Bien ( actually 'everything is fine') where we have 3 very traditional local - Aveyron - courses each, including wine, for about 20 euro each. Then back to the cold boat and snuggle up into bed. Winter PJ's!!!