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.             Lunch stop in the town of Saint-Porquier - headed west on the Canal de Garonne.  Fall foliage beginning to appear.
À BORD d'ACCORD
La Deuxième Partie
Octobre 2011
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Saturday October 7 - Fair 70º
          After checking out Montauban, we
          headed back up the
Canal de Montech.
        11:45 AM - Dep
Montauban
          1:30 PM - Lunch stop at Ecl #4
          3:00 PM - Arr:
Lacourt-St-Pierre
           Pleasant free tie-up with 2 other barges.
Sunday
October 8 - 11:00 AM - Dep Lacourt-St-Pierre
          11:30 AM - Jct w Canal de Garonne
          12 noon - thru 5 locks in 30 min!
Cute little church in Lacourt-Saint-Pierre
In Lacourt-St-Pierre with two other barges. Notice our yellow wheelhouse cover and new partnership flag.
(These have been photoshopped in so that the other partners can decide if we really want make these additions.)
Back at the junction of the Canal de Montech with the Canal de Garonne.
Ragoût de lapin (rabbit stew) by cuisinière Nancy.
October 8 - Continued...
         1:30 PM Lunch stop in
St-Porquier
                       (see photo at top of page)
          3:15 PM - Arr:
Castelsarrasin
                  took last slip at Pt de Plaisance
Monday
October 9 - 11:00 AM - Dep Castelsarrasin
            12:30 - cross Pont-Canal over Tarn
            1:00 PM - Arr:
Moissac
                       back to our "home port" -
               which will also be our winter port
.  Check out our Great 2007 Baltic Adventure
.   Back to GUADELOUPE 2011
.   A short sojourn to the French West Indies
.      Back to  February 2011 - Page 1
.   We head to the BAHAMAS for a month
.         Back to April 2011 - Page 1
.      A quick trip to The Netherlands
.       Back to SnoDogLog - May 2011
.        Sno' Dog (not) Heading North    
.                Back to the original
.    Euro Canal Boat Partnership Page
.  Back to  SnoDogLog - Cover Page
.   SnoDogLog - Site Map/Contents
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.   Back to À BORD d'ACCORD - Page 2
.      The beginning of our July Cruise
.      MAP of the Waterways of France
.     including a Map of our 2011 Route
.        Back  to À BORD d'ACCORD -
.        La Deuxième Partie - Page 4
.Canal du Mid, Canal de Garonne & Montech
During our second month (La Deuxième Partie), we spent
16 days traveling.  We covered a total of 162 miles (statute)
with a total engine time of
52 hours.  Our daily average run
was
3.25 hours and about 10 miles per day.  Our longest
run was 17.5 miles, our shortest 2.6 mi.  We passed through
a total of
89 locks! That sounds like a lot, but for the most
part, these are very easy locks - particularly in this heavy
boat.  We never used more than one line, and hardly ever
even needed to tend it - going up or down!
A remarkably horny goat along the canal in St-Porquier.
Crossing the Pont-Canal du Cacor over the R. Tarn near Moissac.
Built in 1867, this structure survived the 1930 flood which wiped out
the newer steel railway bridge.  (Mouse-over for another image.)
Ferocious guard dog aboard boat in Castelsarrasin.
Nancy doing her best to add some fall color in Moissac.
Full moon over Moissac.  This is another look at that yellow
wheel-house cover.  It looks pretty good in the moonlight,
but I think we've decided to go with a plain-vanilla top.
We've spent the last few days in Moissac working on
refinishing the wooden wheelhouse panels.  
As you can see, I'm using an electric sander.  About
12:30 one afternoon, I was asked politely to please
turn it off during lunch hour.  Apparently, 12 to 2 PM
is quiet time in Moissac.  So I was forced to take a
proper French lunch break!
Here's the result of a lot of sanding and three coats of
Sikkens
Cetol finish.  Nancy's visible at computer inside.
On the day of our departure...   The Amarok is all buttoned up for her long winter's nap in Moissac.  She
looks a bit naked with everything stowed inside, and a bit high at the bow with an empty water tank.
October 10 through 17 - We stayed in Moissac and
worked on the boat and readied her for winter.
Moissac is a lovely place to hang out, and a popular
winter spot.  There will actually be a total of five Piper
55-ft Dutch Replica barges like ours here this winter.
So ends another great month aboard the Amarok/Accord.  
(I guess our partnership has decided NOT to change the
name, so she will continue to be the
AMAROK.  Guess I'll
have to think of a new name for the blog next year!)
Sign on the Capitainerie in Moissac. (See photo above.)
  (Click on photo to read the fine print.)
The weather was fantastic!  Only one day of rain in 30
days, and daytime temps consistantly in the 80's..  We
turned on the heat in the morning a couple of days when
the overnight temp dropped into the 50's, but that was it.
This turned out to be a perfect time to cruise this part of
France,
gorgeous weather and no crowds!
We look forward to returning next year.  We plan to
head East along the
Canal du Midi.  Then, in the fall,
possibly up the
Rhône and Saône into central France.
Now that we've decided
to keep the
AMAROK
name, I'll have to
come up a new name
for the blog - and
perhaps a new logo?
In Inuit mythology, an
Amarok is a wolf-like
creature who preys on
those who misbehave -
particularly at night!
Automne sur le Canal de Garonne
mouse-over...
mouse-over...
Our new Bow Pennant...
     Perhaps?
.       Continue to December 2011 -
.   Jensen Beach Christmas Lights
12/28/11 - Click Here to see
our our new flag "installed'.
Mouse-
over photo  
to left to
see
Amarok in
the
Snow
- and
the Canal
frozen over!
Flash!
Mouse-over...
February2012
Update:
. February 2012 photo of frozen Amarok