Simple Pleasures

I rolled out of bed on a dreary, cool morning and quickly dressed to avoid the chill.  I’d started a pot of coffee, then added the day’s date to Detour‘s log book to begin a new trip.  Brian had meandered out of the v-berth, dressed in layers with his winter cap, he headed toward the aft closet to…

Ecluse de Beaucaire to Vallabregues Halte Fluviale

Continuing upstream on the Rhone River, we approached the town of Tarascon at kilometer marker 270 (PK270).  River traffic remained light and we proceeded beneath the first of a series of three bridges.   Jean Morlot’s Carto-Guide Fluvial (published by Vagnon) for Le Rhone forewarned us to anticipate strong current between the next two bridges at Tarascon.  Additionally, log…

Arles from the Riverside

At kilometer 284 (PK284) along the Rhone, we approach the city of Arles.  Presently, there are no available pontoons or quays for pleasure craft on which to stop and secure for a visit into the city.  The riverfront is under construction.  So we took in the views as we passed through.  Below, the Barriol Shipyard no longer offers a…

The Mighty Rhone River

It was 6:00 AM; I can’t even remember the last time we’d witnessed this time of day. Midnight blue highlighted the horizon line, the morning sky above remained black. According to the European Waterways Regulations, pleasure craft are not to allowed to navigate in the dark.  We did not have far to travel prior to sunrise at…

Re-positioning

Brian and I LOVE sailing; absolutely!  Why, then, did we take down the mast of our fabulous new yacht??  We want to re-position ourselves for the summer sailing season so that we can explore an area which we find most intriguing – Northern Europe.  “But what about the Med!?!?” you exclaim in bewilderment from behind your…

Voila! A Motor Yacht

I’ve always thought the term “vessel” to describe my watery domain had sounded a bit commercial.  However, in the United States it is perfectly natural and appropriate to term your sailboat as a “sailing vessel” thus the abbreviation SV.  Now I am in Europe, and the term “yacht” gets tossed around with ease.  And so…

Extraordinarily Sailing

Port St Louis du Rhone is the land where the wind rules!  When a mistral is blowing, everyone hunkers down and holds fast to not be blown away!  When we’d returned to Port Napoleon, a mistral was blowing.  It remained for nearly two weeks and the anemometer aboard Detour read between 35-40 knots while the boat shuttered in…

Launching Into Spring

I’d say we’re a bit overdue for a new story…so here is a quick recap of the previous four months.  After exploring Barcelona, Spain we continued a southwesterly drive along the Spanish coastline.  It was Thanksgiving, and we went to Murcia, Spain to visit my cousin for the holiday.  I must thank Robert, Paco, and…