We are now cruising on the Saone, which is much wider and is apparently a working river
. It is a Sunday and we know how the Europeans don't like to work on a Sunday; however we have seen very few boats coming in the other direction. The next lock we come to is the commercial lock; it is much bigger than the others and is operated for us by a lock master. Lights indicate when to wait and when to go. The water level rose about 3.5 metres. Once through the lock we keep cruising, enjoying the beautiful and peaceful scenery. We pull in for lunch and tie up to a tree, not far from the town of XXX.
We cruise on for a few another 90 minutes and find a small pier to berth not far from Marnay..
Here we get the bikes off and ride through the two nearby villages, Givry sur Saone and Marnay. Marnay in particular was very pretty. The residents were obviously proud of their village and their houses were beautifully maintained, with pretty gardens etc. We came upon a petanque championship, which we watched for a few minutes. None of the local restaurants were open for dinner so we cooked sausages on board and then relatively early to bed.
A very foggy start to the day saw DM and the Qs both head into town for pastries and bread. We were very near the next lock so we decided to get through it before having breakfast. Again all hands to the deck, another boat had moored overnight at the jetty where you pull in to get off the boat, so we pulled in alongside them and JW and DM jumped across their boat. The rest of us held the boat there until the lock gates where open. Successfully through the lock we had breakfast on the go. LQ adept at handling a cup of tea and a chocolate croissant and the wheel. One more manual lock before arriving in Tournus again. Here we topped up with water and electricity, visited the local supermarket, which was probably as big as Woollies at Northbridge Plaza, had a cup of coffee and headed off.