Solesmes – Malicorne-sur-Sarthe
22 km and 5 locks
A morning stroll over the bridge and through Solesmes produces fresh bread for breakfast.
Shortly after setting off, the locky at ecluse Juigné presents the disappointment of the day. Ecluse 4 Spay is en panne. How long? Nobody knows.
Not an immediate problem, but one in two or three days. Actually it is absolutely mission critical.
What this mission is, you might ask? You remember me going on about the lad’s unhealthy fixation on cars? And what at the other side of Spay? Le Mans! That’s where we have to go. 24 hours, track, museum, the whole shebang.
But behold. One of the good things about the Sarthe is, that there is a railway line that follows the river. So most towns sport a train station. We will take the train into La Mans. Panic avoided.
The captain feeling smug:
Other than that, the plan is to stop at villages and towns we missed out on our last trip along the Sarthe. First port of call is Avoise.
There is not too much to see in this little hamlet. Some quaint remains of an old saw mill.
We have the harbour all on our own. We haven’t seen a boat moving yet. And it should stay like this for a few days.
For the evening I have booked a table at La Petite Auberge in Malincorne. It got a lot of praise in the guide as well as on the web. But unfortunately we are rather disappointed. It all looked and tasted like convenience food.
But the setting is nice. And a bottle of nice red back on board calms the grudge.