Staked out for the evening, Brian and I took a stroll along a footpath along the Vosges Canal to take a look at what lay ahead for the next day's travel.
A short side-track along this walking trail which crossed two small streams; each with functioning, although old in appearance, water control systems. One stream was dammed and the other had a lock-style gate. The French certainly have a knack for water control! We discussed how these side streams may or may not affect the Vosges, or manage flooding, or whether they had previously been a canal system.
Unique trail marker marked the end of this woodland stroll.
Back along the canal, we had an up-close inspection of what would be our first lock the next morning. Intriguing! This was an aqueduct; a bridge constructed to convey water over an obstacle, such as a ravine or valley. This aqueduct would carry Detour
over the Mosel River. I've crossed rivers in boats before, but never quite like this!
The aqueduct led straight into a lock, which would lower Detour
(photo is looking back at the aqueduct from the lock) and thus we would continue along our way in the Vosges Canal.
We had a peaceful night staked along the canal bank. The next morning, off we went over the river and through the woods!