Detour’s Captain

It took weeks of application preparation; including medical pokings and proddings, gathering positive character references (of which there were several!), completing criminal background checks, and tallying total days spent aboard self-propelled, motor, and sail vessels.  Once the application was prepared and submitted, more weeks passed while awaiting confirmation that the application was, indeed, complete. Approval!…

Toul to Saint Remy

Summer was quite literally in full-swing when Brian and I returend to Detour, she was safe and sound at Port de France.  A persistant case of jet-lag had us awakening mid-afternoon to the sounds of cheering and splashing across the harbour.  “What the heck,” I stood up in bed, peeked my sleepy eyes out the…

Congrats to the NEWEST Mr. & Mrs. Grandjean!

When fabulous families converge, wonderful things happen!  Brian and I were not the only Grandjeans en-route to California…but we were the first to arrive and therefore had a great time catching up with Brian’s sister and her husband, Christy and Steve, and with our favorite niece, Molly!  We also spent some quality time with the groom, Brian’s…

Het Scheepvaartmuseum

What better way to pass the time before boarding an afternoon flight than to browse the Het Scheepvaartmuseum (The National Maritime Museum).  If you can’t be on the waterways, best to learn about them! Through interactive exhibits, we learned about the intricate artwork that adorned wooden ships as well as the types of sailing and motor…

I AMsterdam

From Nancy, France we hopped a Eurolines Bus direct to Amsterdam, Netherlands.  Thankfully, this bus ride was nothing like our previous overnight bus experience from Panama City to Bocas del Torro, which we now refer to as the “Harry Potter night bus.”  The Eurolines bus transited during the day, departed Nancy at 7:00am, for a 9-hour ride…

Nancy, France

In the past, I’d cautioned guests when planning their visits aboard S/Y Rode Trip, and now I continue my cautionary advice for guests when planning their visits aboard Detour, “You can pick your location, or you can pick your dates but you cannot pick both!”  Goodness, I wish I would have followed my own advice when Brian and I planned for our return to…

The Moselle to Toul

The wide, beautiful Moselle River was like a breath of fresh air having come out of the canal systems.  We were having a lovely day on our way to Toul, anticipating surprises around each corner while navigating on the fly with reference to EuroCanals.Mobi which we can access on our iPad.  The locks on the Moselle…

Detour’s Embranchment Detour

What’s a few more locks?  We were nearly finished with the Vosges Canal and had to make a decision pertaining to our route to Toul, France.  Our options were to travel via the Nancy Embranchment (18 locks, 10.2km) or the southernmost portion of the Moselle River (3 locks, 21km).  We were leaning toward the least…

Water Bridge

Staked out for the evening, Brian and I took a stroll along a footpath along the Vosges Canal to take a look at what lay ahead for the next day’s travel.     A short side-track along this walking trail which crossed two small streams; each with functioning, although old in appearance, water control systems. One stream was dammed and…