Posts Tagged 'Barge'

Life Along The Saone River

All the cables have been replaced, the welds checked, and adjustments made.  Our pilothouse is better than new.  The manufacturer inspected the entire system and either fixed or replaced everything that needed attention.  After almost two weeks in Dijon we are headed back down the Burgundy Canal to the Soane River. Our plan is to go 40 miles down river and make a sharp right turn on to the Canal du Centre.

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Back To France!

We’re back on our floating home.  Ireland was great.  We will definitely return, and cover all the things we missed.  While we were gone Rabelo was delivered back to her permanent mooring in Saint Jean de Losne with help from Kevin, our captain from last year.  Lisa doesn’t care for Saint Jean de Losne, and wanted to leave as soon as possible.  We spent two days taking care of miscellaneous chores along with a major marketing, and we ...

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Our Foray Into Falconry… and Irish Whiskey

Sheen Falls Lodge had even more excitement to offer after our amazing introduction to falconry.  Lisa has competed for years with her .22 caliber rifle shooting targets, and she’s a pretty darn good shot.  Today we tried our hand at skeet shooting.  Lisa went first and was disappointed in her performance.  I was given the 12-gage shotgun, and managed to hit about half the clay birds.  That’s all it took for Lisa.  On her second round she started ...

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From The Barren Burren to The Garden Garnish Island

If you follow this blog then you know that Lisa and I love to hike.  While we were at Gergan’s Castle our travel agent made arrangements for Lisa and me to go on a 2.5-hour guided walk.  I suspect that when we told our guide Shane how much we enjoyed hiking he changed the plan.  We drove twenty minutes to The Burren, which is an area that was once covered in lush forest, but is now barren.  Shane ...

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Why You Should Consider a Travel Agent

For the second half of our Ireland trip, Lisa used a travel agent.  I was a little surprised. I thought with the advent of the Internet, travel agents had been abandon to the scrap heap of useless enterprises along with the milkman, pay telephones, and full service gas stations.  Generally speaking I still believe my assumption to be true.  The good news is that those travel agents that to survive the Internet incursion were the best in their ...

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Journey to Ireland!

We’re off to Ireland. Ireland had never been on my radar, but I have to say both Lisa and I were pleasantly surprised. There were two parts to our trip.  The first was with the Rubicon Theater.  The Rubicon is a small gem that shines so brightly in Ventura County, California.  The auditorium seats less than 200, and yet the Rubicon puts on some of the most amazing, professionally produced, unique productions imaginable.  Many have gone on to ...

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A Tour of Langres, Dijon and Jardin de Silliere

Rabelo has been a very naughty girl. Her pilothouse broke… again. The first time it was one of the eight steel cables that lift the pilot house roof. With some help from my friend Bruce I managed to replace the broken cable.  This time it was a weld on some rollers that the cables run through.  Unfortunately I don’t know how to weld, but I’m seriously thinking of learning.  Fortunately, Kevin our old captain does know how to ...

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Finally! Lisa and I Move Into Rabelo!

We did it.  We finally did it.  Lisa and I moved onto Rabelo.

Two days latter we picked up our first guests, Lisa’s brother Jerry and his wife Arlene.

Rather than going directly to Rabelo we decided to spend the day in Bergen op Zoom as there was a jazz festival going on. What a pleasant surprise. A large tent was set up in the town square for the featured bands, ...

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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 Not-So-Calm Before The Storm

The big day finally arrived.  It’s time to move Rabelo, but our captain was not on the train he was supposed to be on.  It’s not that Wilco, Scott and I can’t move my big baby.  It’s just that none of us posses the proper license.  Scott just told me that Wilco called.  He’ll wait for the next train.  If Jan, our captain is not aboard we will leave without him.  Without a properly licensed captain Rabelo will be uninsured.

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