1 lock, 2 lift bridges, 2 swing bridges, 11¼ miles, 3 hours
We set of from Oudenburg about midday, but not before a local small holder came by selling home produce and wares.
We purchased a dozen eggs and a kilo of shallots and Graham and Jill got the same + potatoes + home made Nutella.
It was a shot trip to the first lift bridge which was also the entrance to the Plassendalesluis for a shot stop then out through the swing bridge the other side. This is a stop lock. As the water was level no gates were required.
Then it was out on to our first commercial canal, Kanal Gent-Oostende. A quick check on the AIS app showed no large vessels on the move.
I wasn’t going to mention bridges, but it seems there must be a national competition on ways to make a bridge open.
We had to wait for an on coming boat at this swing bridge, which was a surprise as again no AIS
A bit further on we came across an inland tanker ‘Kimberley’ now this was big. Again no AIS.
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We had been soundly warned about the havoc these big boats can cause to us little’uns. Well Deb was inside ironing and Jill was on MR doing similar housework things and neither of them noticed. Maybe we were lucky maybe there’s more to come that’s worse, or maybe it was our superb handling skills.
We had called ahead on the next bridge (above) with the intention to pass through but was told we had to wait about 20 minutes for another boat behind us. We moored up and noticed it was a 24 hour mooring so decided to stay for the evening. We will go through tomorrow.
This bridge is simply stunning in its action. So much so even Deb’s jaw dropped. The boat we had been told top wait for turned up and the bridge opened.
Beer was calling so it was walk of about a mile with the dogs into Brugge city centre.
This is our mooring tonight.
Just before sunset, probably the best rainbow I have ever seen appeared. I’ll let the photos tell it.