Boat trip on the Rhein-Rhone Canal, Spring 2012

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Harbour in Basel

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Ready for the great adventure

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Departing Basel

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Kembs, the first and only lock we used on the Rhein.

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Floating bollards are a great help

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Lock emptying

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Free to exit

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Might is right here

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Entering the lock at Kembs - Niffer, on the Rhein-Rhone canal. About 230 Metres altitude.

From here we are rising all the time till we reach Valdieu. Total of about 115 Meters

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Lock Filling

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Gates opening

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Rhein - Rhone canal between Niffer and Mulhouse

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Will it fit?

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Tight fit!

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Approaching the harbour at Mulhouse

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Harbour Mulhouse

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Town hall Mulhouse

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Cathedral Mulhouse

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Departing Mulhouse

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Entering an empty lock

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Lock filled

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Date - 1877

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From Mulhouse westwards the canals are considerally smaller

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Nature flourishes in the quiet surroundings

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Note the bicycle track on the left of the photo. These were once the mule paths for pulling barges.

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No stress

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No sesickness on these waters

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There were various types of opening bridges

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and prolific bird life.

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Lunch break.

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Lock Filling. Note the turbulence.

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I think this is Zillisheim

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A rather old lock

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Approaching Dannemarie,

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where the harbourmaster was waiting for us.

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A beautifully kept floating holiday home, 92 years old.

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A canal bridge crossing a small stream

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Details of the bridge etc., in French.

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Crossing the canal bridge

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Approaching the chain of locks rising from Retzwiller to Valdieu-Lutran

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A tight fit!

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The chain raises the canal about 40 metres in 12 closely spaced locks.

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Looking back down the chain of locks

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Stinking company. This fellow always left his old diesel running, in case he couldn't start it.

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Looking down from Valdieu

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A satellite view of the lock chain from Google Earth, 10 locks shown.

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Valdieu, the highest part of the Rhein- Rhone canal, about 345m elevation

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A popular spot.

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A really beautiful area.

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Overnight berth at Montreux-Chateau.

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Elisabeth ready for all weather!

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Sign on the European cycling route No. 6

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Another type of opening brige.

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Ready to pass.

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This is our lock attendant passing on the way to prepare the next lock, having just closed the bridge again.

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An industrial area.

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The small canal going straight ahead was to go to Belfort, but it was never finished.

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We turned left to cross another bridge. We are now operating the locks ourselves, using a remote control.

Green means we may now enter the lock after crosing the bridge.

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Crossing the bridge.

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A few spectators on the bike route.

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Ready to enter.

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The blue rod closes the lock gate and automatically opens the bottom gate when the lock has emptied.

We have been going down hill since Montreux-Chateau

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Preparing the next lock

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Change of steerman (or woman).

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Red and Green means the lock is being prepared for us.

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Flying boat taking off!

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Ground effect!

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Elisabeth trying her hand at operating the lock.

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Our final harbour, Montbéliard

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Our route on the chart plotter. The square is Basel, then the crosses are our stops at Mulhouse,

Dannemarie and Montreux-Chateau and the Boat is at Montbéliard

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Castle at Montbéliard

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The lion of Belfort

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The citadelle at Belfort

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Two bells at Belfort

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The lion again

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Part of the Citadelle. It was unfortunately closed.

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Farewell dinner aboard.

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Back at Basel to pick up our car.

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