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We’re Legal To Drive Rabelo! … In Most European Countries…

It’s been a tough week.  All we did was get up, eat breakfast and then head out to shop.  If there were time we’d grab a quick bite for lunch and then back to the stores.  Normally we didn’t eat dinner until after 8:30pm. When we got back to the Hotel Old Dutch we would check our e-mail and then lights out only to repeat the same schedule the next day.

It’s time to take a break.  We are going to ...

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OMG! What has Wilco done to my barge?

We arrived in Bergen op Zoom yesterday after a long and arduous trip.  We traveled by boat, car, plane and train. The only mode of transportation we missed was horseback. Which was a good thing because we had almost 300 pounds of luggage, and I would have felt terrible loading all that on a horse.

Wilco has been hard at work tearing apart my Big Baby.  Rabelo was a mess.  There was even a drill press and table saw in the ...

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The “Bucket” Sailboat Race | Mediocre Finish But Great Adventure!

We managed to avoid the lightning, but in the light winds the fleet was able to catch up.  For the first race we eked out third in class and seventh overall.  The slower boats sailed a shorter course and were able to avoid the squall, which is why they did better.

 

 

For the second race we had another good start.  The first leg was a close reach, and our brain trust decided we needed the Code Zero.  It was the right ...

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Venice – Nothing Quite Like It | America’s Cup Sailing

We interrupt our current chain of blog posts to bring you a post I thought would be criminal to keep from the internet any longer. Lisa and I just jumped down to Venice this past week to check out the America’s Cup sailing race. Though we were only there for a few days, it really reminded me just how much I love Venice – there truly is no other place in the world like it.

If you have not been to ...

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The “Bucket” Sailboat Race | The Greatest Sailing Spectacle on Earth!

Lisa and I are headed back to The Netherlands.  We need to see how the work on Rabelo is coming, and purchase the myriad of items we still require.  But first we are going to St. Barths in the Caribbean where I will be racing on my friend’s sailboat, Symmetry.  This will be the sixth time I’ve had the privilege of racing on Symmetry in the St. Barths Bucket.  While most people have never heard of the “Bucket” it ...

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The Cruise Down the Seine into Paris | Dreaming and Reminiscing

I’m back home after a long flight.  I’m told Heathrow is the worst airport in the world to travel through.  Now I understand why.  By the time I got to the Virgin Atlantic Lounge I had less than 30 minutes before my flight departed.  I’d heard that the Virgin Atlantic, Heathrow lounge was pretty amazing, and it is.  Maybe the next time I fly Virgin Atlantic I’ll have a chance to spend some time there.

I just received an ...

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How Can We Get Rabelo Out of This Dead End Lock! | The Adventure Continues

It’s 7:00am, and we are on our own now.  Scott is already on his way to the airport. I pour some cold cereal into a bowl.  Scott and his cooking will be sorely missed.

When we are done with breakfast we load Wilco’s car back on deck.  He fixed the crane yesterday so it is working fine now.  Apparently there was an electrical problem in the winch control.

Rabelo heads down the canal, through the set of locks that ...

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The Rabelo Has A Captain At Last! The Travel Adventure Continues

We have been forced to move on.  With so much wind it was impossible to dock, and drop off the car.  The red and green street lights are really starting to drive me nuts.  Half the time they look just like the navigation lights on the other barges.  There is nothing worse than all of a sudden seeing a red light, or even worse a green light that looks like it is coming right at you.  Under normal situations ...

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Night Sailing With The Rabelo | Adventure Travel Can Get Intense!

It’s been a long day, but we made it to Maastricht.  The fuel dock is empty and waiting for us.  We will have to make a 180-degree turn to dock, but that shouldn’t be a problem.  I slow to a stop, twist the wheel so that the rudder is perpendicular to the direction we were moving, and give the engine a little throttle.  Rabelo easily spins on her own length.  That wasn’t hard at all.  I pull up next ...

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Brown Water? This Can’t Be Good | Life On A Barge Is Never Easy…

Today will be a long day.  We left the dock at 7:00am and Wilco is talking about going past Maastricht, Netherlands.  He wants to run until around 2:00am tomorrow morning, over 130 kilometers.  We still plan to fill up in Liege, so that will take about an hour.  I noticed that the water coming out of the sink and in the toilet is a little brown.  I wonder what that could be?

We have made it to Liege without ...

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