After a fantastic first couple of weeks in France we headed further South East for the small town of Le Somail. It was here that we would board our new mode of transport and accommodation for the next week as we travelled up the Canal Du Midi.
Now it was just us and the Canal for the next 7 days and 116 km to Port Lauragais.
While enjoying all the beautiful scenery, we also had to get through 61 locks. The original purpose of the Canal was to link the Mediterranean Sea with the Atlantic Ocean. A huge vision and undertaking, especially for the times. After some intense planning and construction the Canal was filled with water and officially opened for transport in 1681. Since it’s opening, amazingly, the Canal has operated uninterrupted for more than 3 centuries.
Here’s the family bringing the boat into the lock. Once inside, Paul and Callum would toss me the bow and stern lines to ensure the boat was safely secured while the water rushed in. In this lock we were alone, but a lock station can hold up to 4 boats and depending on who was travelling with you, these stations could be quite entertaining. Lets just say they have good reason to put fenders all around the boats. We told Nicole’s that Paul worked for the “Canadian” Coast Guard so they gave us a couple extra precautionary fenders. Joking of course…in reality, Paul did a stand up job navigating the canal and the locks.
Some of the lock Keeps added a bit of personal flair to their stations.
We have now left France and are staying with a friend in the Beautiful country of Andorra.