La Roche-Bernard – Arzal – Rieux
40 km, 0 locks
Well, well, well. It must have been the hangover form last night that got me up so early, that I can still see the morning mist.
Fresh Baguette and Pain au chocolat for breakfast. Then Martin and myself go on a shopping foray to prepare for the looming weekend.
The Vilaine soon reaches the Arzal Barrage. This was finished in 1972, after several huge floods have played havoc with the valley of the Vilaine as far upstream as well beyond Redon.
With the Vilaine no longer tidal above the barrage, it attracted several huge marinas as a safe haven for seagoing boats.
We moor up to the visitor jetty, although Martin is a bit pale around the nose, with no reverse and millions worth of glass fibre one could potentially hit hard. But all goes well, and the harbour master allows us unlimited stay for the rest of the day. Also he hands me a copy of Marinarzal’s catalogue. Its the local chandler, and with the potential customership right at the doorstep in the thousands, there is very little they do not have on offer. So the shop is an attraction in its own right and we pay it a visit. Needless to say, that we spend some bucks on stuff we didn’t even knew, how badly we needed it, only hours ago.
La Roche-Bernard from an other perspective.
Another bit further upstream we meet our friends from Sucé. We are on a bit of a rush, only mildly. But there is enough time for a chat.
And just before we moor up at Rieux, we are treated to a free air show.
Really a great day on the water with loads of action. What a difference to the Sarthe, were we haven’t seen other boats in days.
Another nice evening ensued in the park by the moorings in Rieux. Really one of my favourite places.