Canal du Midi between Béziers and Colombiers.

Canal du Midi

La Redorte to Trèbes

21.5 kilometers
13 locks
35.98 m elevation gain

We had breakfast on board, and then got moving on the Canal du Midi.

We would be traveling 21.5 kilometers, just a moderate distance, but we would be passing through 13 locks, the second-highest total for the trip.

We would stop that evening in Trèbes, a medium sized town of about 5,600 people.

All but one of the day's locks were in multi-lock series.

Canal du Midi between La Redorte and Trèbes.
km Location
139.000 Start: Laredorte
136.396 Lock: 4.63 m, 2 stages
133.590 Lock: 5.47 m, 2 stages
131.594 Lock: 5.61 m, 2 stages
130.352 Lock: 8.73 m, 3 stages
127.200 Lock: 3.70 m
122.400 Stop to visit Millegrand
118.010 Lock: 7.84 m, 3 stages
117.500 Stop at Trèbes
Canal du Midi between La Redorte and Trèbes.

We gained 35.98 meters with those 13 locks, the second-highest amount of the week.

Canal du Midi between La Redorte and Trèbes.
Canal du Midi between La Redorte and Trèbes.

Some of the lock operators become artistic.

Canal du Midi between La Redorte and Trèbes.
Canal du Midi between La Redorte and Trèbes.

The dogs can help when one person has to handle both the fore and aft lines.

Canal du Midi between La Redorte and Trèbes.
Canal du Midi between La Redorte and Trèbes.
Canal du Midi between La Redorte and Trèbes.

Lunch was served on board, tied to the bank.

Ham and cheese, croissants, cherries, and wine.

Canal du Midi between La Redorte and Trèbes.
Canal du Midi between La Redorte and Trèbes.
Canal du Midi between La Redorte and Trèbes.

The sign below shows the year-round schedule of the canal. Until recently, the locks were routinely open only from the third Saturday in March through the first week of November. Maintenance work was done through the winter, and locks did not operate except for special arrangements.

Canal du Midi between La Redorte and Trèbes.

Here is a mooring point with electricity. You can connect a cable between this box and a connector on the exterior of your boat, and then you have 230 V AC at a few outlets on interior bulkheads.

Canal du Midi between La Redorte and Trèbes.

We stopped to walk along the edge of a field of poppies.

Canal du Midi between La Redorte and Trèbes.

And then, along a local vineyard.

Canal du Midi between La Redorte and Trèbes.

Vineyards are often quite stony.

Canal du Midi between La Redorte and Trèbes.

They're not at all what I think of as rich farm soil.

Canal du Midi between La Redorte and Trèbes.

The stony soil forms the terroir, the mineral base for the grapes that will make the wine.

Canal du Midi between La Redorte and Trèbes.

Then, back onto the canal for a while.

Canal du Midi between La Redorte and Trèbes.

We stopped for another wine and cheese break.

Canal du Midi between La Redorte and Trèbes.

A town might provide bollards to tie up.

But usually you have to drive stakes to tie up.

Canal du Midi between La Redorte and Trèbes.

This is pretty casual, tied fore and aft to a single stake. But we're just tied up for a short stop, in a sheltered area with no breeze trying to move the boat. And it's mid-day, everyone awake, not like the middle of the night when you could drift away unaware.

Canal du Midi between La Redorte and Trèbes.

Then it's time to continue on, through the Trèbes Lock and on into the town of Trèbes.

Canal du Midi between La Redorte and Trèbes.
Canal du Midi between La Redorte and Trèbes.

We're moving through a 3-lock sequence with several other boats.

Canal du Midi between La Redorte and Trèbes.
Canal du Midi between La Redorte and Trèbes.
Canal du Midi between La Redorte and Trèbes.

Trèbes

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Trèbes

The Romans mentioned Trèbes, vaguely, as Tricessinum in the 4th century CE.

In 1110, the town was mentioned as Tresmals, from the Latin tres moles referencing three moles or fords based on flooded roads.

The flooded roads were replaced by three bridges. In 1220 the locals were bothered by the town's name also referencing tres mals or Three Evils. They insisted that it be renamed with the Occitan phrase "Three Goods", Tres Bens, pronounced at the time as Trébé. That eventually evolved into Trèbes.

Trèbes on the Canal du Midi in southwestern France.

The local ecclesiastical monument is the Saint-Etienne church, rebuilt in two campaigns in the late 13th and the 14th century. It's built in a Gothic style with a seven-bay nave, and five vaulted chapels.

On the other hand, the Mairie or town hall is of the Art Deco style of the early 20th century.

Trèbes on the Canal du Midi in southwestern France.

As usual, Trèbes provided a nice place for us to tie up overnight, and top off our water supply in the morning.

Trèbes on the Canal du Midi in southwestern France.
MW DX

It's electrically quiet in a small town. A scan of the medium-wave broadcast band that night brought in the following:

 kHz Lang      kW  Location, notes
 531 Arabic   600  RTA 1, Ain-El-Beida, Algeria
 585 Spanish  600  RNE 1, Madrid, Spain
 594 German   600  Rodgau, Germany
 603 French   300  France Info, Lyon, France
 648 English  500  BBC World Service, Ordforness, UK
 702 French   200  Col de la Madone, France
 711 French   300  Rennes, France
 729 Spanish   20  RNE 1, several sites in Spain
 738 Spanish  600  RNE 1, Barcelona, Spain
 774 Spanish   50  RNE 1, several sites in Spain
 792 French   300  Limoges, France, very strong
 837 French   300  Radio Info, Nancy, France
 864 French   300  Le City Radio de Paris, France
 873 Spanish   25  SER Radio, Zaragoza, Spain
 891 Arabic   300  RTA 1, Algiers, Algeria
 918 German    --  ???, English news at the hour
 936 Spanish   20  RNE 5 TN, several sites in Spain
 945 French   300  Radio Blue, Toulouse, France
1377 French   300  France Info, Lille, France, very strong
1503 Spanish    5  Radio Canal de España, La Linea, Spain
1521 Arabic  1000  BSKSA, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, music
1548 English   95  Capital Gold, London, UK, pop music
1557 Ukrainian  8  Chernivtsi
1566 Russian   --  ??? 

The next morning we would leave for Carcassonne, continuing from there to spend the night at Sauzen.

Next❯ Trebes to Sauzen