But that was not to be. Just outside Groningen we came across - Van Ketwich Verschuur Brug Nr 202 M - and they had opened three times a day on Sundays. Boats could pass in one direction only. Since we were stuck outside, we moored up, had a very early lunch and did a spot of reading.
When we first arrived in The Netherlands, we would ask to speak English. In southern Holland they understood our English better than our Afrikaans. But as we headed further north, we found we could speak Afrikaans and most people knew what we saying. Perhaps the Dutch settlers in South Africa came from Drenthe? Or maybe we adapted to speaking a Dutch style Afrikaans?
|A nice high bridge - see numbers for clearance level|
There are still things that would have been nice to have, such as - a washing machine, two bathrooms for when we have visitors or a
|Rotating railway bridge # 506K just outside Meppel|
Our boat is a Dutch Steel motor cruiser. A van Der Valk. A Gys Van Der Valk boat to be exact. There a two brothers pushing out Van
|Quayside in Meppel|
The rest of our Sunday was slow going. We managed to travel a measly 13 kilometres and our motoring time was 2 hours 45 minutes. All this from 9.00 to 16.00. Not great. We learnt that Sundays on the waterways are slow going. Most of our time was spent waiting for bridges, locks and lock-keepers who managed multiple points alone. These poor guys cycle from one bridge to the next doing a good few in a row. Then start all over again.
Lucky for us we encountered yet another hands-on harbour master at Goningen Oosterhaven. He
|Meppel town square|