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21 June 2018

Alsace, from Montbéliard to Illkirch-Graffenstaden

In May 2017 I finished the first segment, in six stages between the Belgian border in Givet and Paris. Since then, there have been short trips on the Yonne, on the Canal latéral à la Loire and along the Loire à Vélo, but these were just a few kilometres clocked up here or there on the occasion of meetings or other tasks, or a summer holiday with Irène. It was not until November 13 that I got stuck into the programme again full time, riding solo. I was dropped off by my BlaBlaCar driver beside the Canal du Rhône au Rhin in Montbéliard, just opposite the sprawling Peugeot works, and headed northeast.

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02 March 2018

Cycling all French canals!

I have now embarked on a personal ‘grand tour’ of the canals and navigable rivers of France, cycling on the towpaths. Over the years 2017-2019, in stages of 4 or 5 days, I will cover 9000 km of canals and rivers, most of them navigable today, but some waiting to be restored to navigation in the future. Between the stages I will continue my work as president of Inland Waterways International, an association that is precisely campaigning for implemen- tation of these restoration projects which will enhance the network and create new cruising possibilities.

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16 November 2017

The new Pénichette Evolution® unveiled

In 2018, Locaboat is extending its fleet by introducing a new boat, the Pénichette® Évolution . It’s going to be a real gem in terms of comfort and technology, perfectly designed to turn your holiday into a dream afloat. Lots of living space, easy handling, electrically powered and environmentally-friendly: these are its best assets according to Ophélie Barrière, Deputy Managing Director and Florence Menguy, Operations Manager at Locaboat.