September 27th, 2006


Good Samaritan Falcon

No news from irishnoodles, which is worrying given the state of Uncle R's health, whereas we are at step further along and are now in the Port de Plaisance at Reims thanks to the English narrowboat and her crew Vicar Dave and his missus. The car mechanic came and declared the alternator dead a little after 2pm yesterday, then drove MWNN to the Port to summon a marine mechanic. There, opposite the Capitainerie, sat Falcon, a 42ft tug. Dave took her up the two locks to where we were moored and we lashed the two boats abreast and motored back down to the Port.

We took Dave and Jackie to dinner at the Brasserie Lorraine in the Carousel square where they refused our offer to pay for the meal but accepted our 'thank you' of the accompanying wine. We drank a very good bottle of Ledrhu Champagne as an apperativ and followed it with a 2004 Tokay Pinont Gris. Everyone went home happy.

The marine mechanic arrived early this morning and has taken the alternator to the Hopital for broken parts. If it can be repaired he will fit it this afternoon, if not he will get a new one and fit that tomorrow. If we are to be stuck here for another two days, our plan is for MWNN to go back to Pont de Vaux by train and return with the car. We will leave it in a secure car park if we can cruise on to St Quentin later this week. the train journey from St Quentin to Reims is much shorter and doesn't require a trip via Paris.