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Zen Roots on the intra-coastal

Published on 23 november 2017 at 0h00

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We often arrived just in time for the bridges opening. We passed more than fifteen or so per day. Three or four times, we had to hang around waiting for the opening. At a certain bridge which I won’t name, we arrived at 14h34, it should have opened at 14h30, but it never opened at all. By VHF, the official pointed out to us that we had arrived two minutes too late (he would have opened if we had arrived at 14h32…Grrr!). Tired of going round and round in circles, Alex decided to tie the boat up to the posts on the canal bank. They were in poor condition and creaked terribly, but it worked and we stopped. A man came to help us, before asking us for a beer. We offered him a rum and Coke, it was all we had…  Finally, thirty minutes pass quickly when you are trying to tie a boat up to some posts and serve a rum and coke! Just as we were ...

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