Archive for July, 2017

Our First Dutch Barge Association Rally!

This past weekend worked out better than we ever dreamed. Lisa and I have been members of the Dutch Barge Association (DBA) for almost fifteen years. We’ve always wanted to go to their annual rally, but it has never worked out. This year was their 25th anniversary, and their big gala was in Auxerre, France. There was no way we could get Rabelo to Auxerre in time for the rally! To go there via canal would require us to transit ...

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A Day In Our French Slice of Heaven

The other day Lisa and I went for our 10,000-step walk along the canal. We didn’t start until almost 10:00 AM. The temperature was rising fast, and the humidity had already reached stratospheric levels. Remember we’re from Southern California. We don’t know about humidity. By the time we got back it was almost noon, and we were soaked in sweat. We were also hungry. I have to say Lisa is an amazing chef. She consistently makes phenomenal meals. My beautiful ...

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The Road to Chateauneuf

In my last blog I complained about not finding any trails with a vertical challenge. I actually like going up hill. On occasion, if we can find the right deserted road we will abandon the canal paths and head up hill. But the road has to be deserted. There’s nothing worse than walking along a busy French country road. They don’t have sidewalks, gravel paths, or even mow the grass, so you have to walk on the road, and that’s ...

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Things Seen Walking Along The Canals of France

Our journey up the Burgundy Canal continues. We find it difficult to exercise as much as we like. Three times per week for the last ten years we’ve been hiking five to seven miles in the surrounding Santa Monica Mountains. By now we know the terrain, and all the trails. In France we don’t know where the trails are, and can’t seem to find anyone that does. The other problem is they don’t build canals in the mountains for obvious ...

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