Cruise News

Revised cruise map (Roanne added).

It’s pretty much set in stone that we head off on our cruise the first week in May, it’s going to be legen-wait-for-it…dary! Vee was hoping to visit her folks before we set off, but as usual France had something to say about that. There is going to be a series of strikes, and on top of that the schools are on holiday which means the trains are on a go slow, (for some reason when the schools kick out, the trains between St-Jean and Dijon only run twice a day, one to Dijon and one back???). Because of the strikes Ouibus have laid on extra coaches, but there’s no way Vee can get on one. Yes, there are heaps of ways of getting to the UK (thank you dear, we got your message), alas Geneva airport is as far as the moon when the French go on strike. So, plan B is to mooch on to Roanne, our first big stop, moor up there, Vee gets a bus a short walk from the marina, and I finish painting the boat. This works well, after 150 klicks (from St-Jean de Losne to Roanne), all our first cruise cluelessness and nerves will be experienced away, we get to Roanne and breathe a sigh of relief knowing that the rest of the trip we’ll actually know what we’re doing. And I get plenty of time to finish painting the boat, hopefully while the cats are asleep so that I don’t have to contend with them checking out the fresh paint?¿! I was going to say this does put us behind schedule spending two or so weeks in Roanne, but then I realised that there is no schedule, we’ll get to where we’re going when we arrive, and when we arrive is exactly when we mean to.

Tante Hanni nearly ready for her repaint before we head off 

Here’s a little factoid for you, the other week we were craned out of the water, we had seven days on the hard, we bought some needed supplies from the chandler, (filler, sandpaper, a 100€ tub of paint), we had electrickery and water, and the bill came to LESS than the cost of just pulling the boat out of the water from a certain other company. They do really know how to charge. Another small fact that keeps me awake at night is that the sum total of the paint (not the extras like sandpaper and the other whatnot), is 850€!!! Admittedly I am getting the best quality products that are tried and tested for the job, (I really don’t wanna have to paint Adventurer again for at least another six years).

Deck and winch need painting too.

I’m full on working every hour I can before we go, hence the short post. I will be writing loads when we’re travelling though, and hopefully there’ll be some wifi so that I can post it here. Talking of which, those that know me probably know that I despise McDonald’s, now guess the name of the place where it is pretty well guaranteed to get free wifi, just a coffee for me then.

Oops, scrub all that, Vee found a way to get to the UK after all.