Stage two

imageHerewith the two B blog one b stands for bicycle the other for baguette and it all unfolds one year after stage one which was practically one tear ago so arriving in Maasrticht we found Octo covered in cobwebs and lacking lights in about half the boat so as Milton doesn’t believe in lazy barging holidays we were put to work he and dawie made keels and I had to rewire half the boat THEN the bike we had aboard a foldable beauty which cost 1800 rand was stolen along with 10000 other bikes that day (that’s official) a week later we sailed for Namur to meet Gail who was arriving from a luxury cruise to a beat up barge we then had to wait in Namur for the arrival of Milton’s son Paul ( here from America for three days only) and to give him a small barge trip we motored from Namur to Dinant 30 km via 6 locks a beautiful town where we celebrated my 86th with chateau Neufdu pape donated by the crew however we noticed a drop on steering on the return to Namur ,,one prop gone and with a eta in Namur we needed to know our speed with only one engine so we used the ancient mariners system ,,,the log,,, with Paul at the stern and me at the bow with half an old baguette we timed the boat and it was faster on one than with two so that’s the one b,,at dinner that night we realised that the bill equaled one bicycle so from then on all meals were measured in bicycles a two bicycle meal or a quarter one , no Michelin stars and that’s the other b. Gail and Milton leave tomorrow and will be replaced by two old female friends of Cecile’s years in ICRC and the three of us will head slowly down the Meuse towards France

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4 thoughts on “Stage two

  1. Dear Gail – I have nominated you Heroine of the Republic First Class for Sharing and Reportage – a great contribution to the history, development and progress of Octo, its passengers and its bicycle outgoings thus far.  

    Many thanks for all that.  And for enduring the many deprivations and hardships of river cruising – I once experienced those with my wheelchair-bound old friend Gilda, the worst of which was pushing the wheelchair over the ancient and doubtless hallowed but bone-rattling cobbles of the historic towns along the Rhine.

    Enjoy Cape Town!  Best wishes,  Helga   Helga Patrikios

    >________________________________ > From: octogmg >To: helgoid@yahoo.com >Sent: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 8:26 AM >Subject: [New post] Stage two > > > > WordPress.com >gsgottlieb posted: “Herewith the two B blog one b stands for bicycle the other for baguette and it all unfolds one year after stage one which was practically one tear ago so arriving in Maasrticht we found Octo covered in cobwebs and lacking lights in about half the boat so” >

  2. Hi all crew and capitano is all well, nice and cold in the south of gangsters paradise thank you thank you nice working holiday ahoy ahoy capitanos M & G

  3. Thanks but maybe you got the one entitled. stage 2. The latest one is called Le blog did you get it

    Sent from my iPad

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