Homps to Trebes: Saturday 23rd April

Woke up very early and it was still drizzling. Had fried eggs for breakfast and then had a shower. The shower is very interesting. It is a hand held device and you shower in the space between the basin and the loo.

"The view of Homps from our barge"
The view of Homps from our barge

We got on our way at 08h10 and it was raining. The wind catches the barge. We got to the first lock before it opened. It was pouring with rain but we got the lock done perfectly.

"On our way to La Redorte"
On our way to La Redorte

Moored at La Redorte and walked into the village to shop. There was beautiful produce at the supermarket. We had an espresso at the restaurant alongside the moorings.

"A handful of cooked prawns for lunch"
A handful of cooked prawns for lunch

We got through the Puichéric lock before the lunch break which is from 12h30 to 13h30.  We stopped for lunch before the first locks to Marseillette. We did 8 locks in 8km’s including 2 doubles, a triple and a single. Trèbes triple lock was a synch. We were the only boat and we have our rhythm.

"This view is something you get used to!"
This view is something you get used to!

We stopped for the night at the first lock – Villedubert – on the way to Carcassonne from Trèbes. 14 locks and 30kms travelled today. I walked over 6kms. The locks are very physical and you need to be fit and agile.

"One of the many villages we saw"
One of the many villages we saw

We had scallops and asparagus for supper – the asparagus came from a farmer selling them at the side of the road.

Toulouse Argens Homps: Friday 22nd April

We had breakfast at the hotel before walking to the train station and catching a train to Lezignan-Corbierre. We had one platform change in Carcassonne.

Train Station In Toulouse
Train Station In Toulouse

We walked to Centre Ville and then caught a taxi to Argens-Minervois. We got sorted out on the barge and our first lock was the Pechlaurier lock which was not easy.

The sign at each lock telling you where you have come from and where you are going
The sign at each lock telling you where you have come from and where you are going

We were locking up and the rope whacked my finger. Dave smashed his knee and we learnt that patience is required. The lock keeper did not help us at all!

The Lock Gates Are Closed
The Lock Gates Are Closed

The next sets of locks were much easier. We got to Homps – 6kms and 5 locks done. We tied up for the night and spoke about what we needed to do for the rest of the locks.

Our Second Lock Was Much Easier
Our Second Lock Was Much Easier

It drizzled from just before we tied up after a lovely but windy day. The rain continued through the night. Dinner of course had to start with red wine.

A Bottle Of Red Wine Opened
A Bottle Of Red Wine Opened

We had pasta for supper – chorizo, mushrooms and garlic and comte.

Dave cooks and I clean!
Dave cooks and I clean!

with love from France.