Archive for June, 2013

Quantifying What We Love About Barging

Were tied up in front of lock 26.  The Canal Des Ardennes may be beautiful, but I forgot about the step.  It is a series of 26 locks.  Some are only one and half boat lengths apart.  If you’re driving it’s long periods of concentration.  If you’re on the bow handling lines it’s just hard work. The chart book says to figure seven hours to complete this portion of the canal.  Unfortunately it must have taken us seven ...

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The 180 Degree Battle & Charleville-Mezieres

We’ve been fighting the current on the Muese River for two weeks.  We spoke to another cruiser, and a few weeks ago he had to wait eight days before continuing on the Meuse River due to flooding.  If we had to go with the current I would have stopped.    It’s one thing to run with the stream on a small boat where you can reverse course and face into the current.  On a vessel the size of Rabelo ...

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Our 4th Season of Barging Commences… Now!

We are starting our forth season of barging.  The first two were on Tigre Rose and now we have Rabelo.  Of course there’s the eight seasons and 65,000 miles we spent exploring the Pacific on our sailboat Locura.  You would think with so much cruising under my belt I’d no longer be amazed at what we find in virtually every village or town we visit.  And there is always something new around every bend in the river and ...

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Exploring Namur Belgium & The Citadelle Namur

After our harrowing experience we are safely tied up in Namur, Belgium.  The problem was a bad regulator on the main engine generator.  Wilco has gone home for some well deserved R & R.  He took the regulator, generator and four starting batteries that we think were fried due to the bad regulator.  We have our first guests arriving soon, so Rabelo needs to be in shape and start behaving herself.  Wilco will be very busy when he ...

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