Twenty four hours of solid, heavy rainfall, has been followed by two days of persistent heavy showers. La Saone, from Auxonne to Lyon, and Le Rhone from Lyon down to Avignon is under yellow alert. Le Rhone has been closed to pleasure-boaters.
For the moment we are stuck at Seurre, watching La Saone streaming past our bow, liberally carpeted in logs, branches and general detritus from upstream, a sizeable amount of which has found its way to lodge behind our boat.
From time to time, we venture out with boathooks to pole the heavier and bulkier items away from the prop, and every now and then we have a little light exercise and entertainment as we help other boaters trying to moor on the finger pontoons, which are nicely placed to get the full benefit of the current swirling downstream. Those who aim to moor at the 1st pontoon upstream generally find themselves eventually swept down to the seventh pontoon. It’s not an exact science!
On the plus side, stormy weather does offer the opportunity for some great photography.
And last night’s sunset combined with another heavy shower offered a spectacular rainbow opportunity.
We were sure the level would have dropped overnight, but it’s now reached the flood marker board and we’ve resigned ourselves to a third night at Seurre, when by now we should have been 90 kilometres north of here.
Truly, we’re messing about on the river right now.