Posts Tagged 'Barge Travel'

Freak Storms and an Archeological Dig

As I sit here typing the latest installment of Living Barge I can still hear the distant roll of thunder.  The last couple of nights and especially this afternoon the storms have been incredible.  Today I watched as a gust of wind picked up our deck table and six chairs and send them flying. With howling wind, the crash of thunder, slashing rain and lighting strikes every second it was an amazing display of nature’s power.  Fortunately we ...

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Exploring Reims France & Eisenhower’s WWII Headquarters

We met our friends Sandy and Alain in Reims, the capital of Champagne.  We’ve been there three times now, but always concentrated on the champagne houses.  Of course we visited the cathedral and the Bishops Palace as they are both UNESCO historical sites.  I prefer the Cathedral in Reims to Notre Dame in Paris.  Apparently 25 past kings also agreed with me as they chose Reims for their coronation.

With a little extra time we did some ...

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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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At Last We’re Off! A Sailboat Holiday in Holland

We’re off, but I’m no sure I can stand the excitement.  It was a long holiday weekend in Holland so there were plenty of sailboats out.  Even though Rabelo is a powerboat, on inland waterways we have right away over sailboats.  I’m not sure they know that.

Our first stop was Den Weil.  This lovely little Dutch town brought back so many memories.  It was also the first stop we made when we set out on our ...

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The New Rabelo Unveiled!

It’s Thursday May 17th and we are still tied to the dock. Everyone has been working long hours. A great deal of work has been completed since we arrived last week, but we still don’t have an emergency steering system. This morning we cruised down the canal a few hundred yards to turn Rabelo around in an area that was only 41 meters wide. Remember Rabelo is almost 39 meters long, and we had to maneuver around a bunch of ...

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