21st of June. Today we are leaving for the Don, and we will follow the river all the way to the sea, no more reservoirs!
Volgodonsk sailboat club is a great place for bird watching!
In the morning, looking out of the cabin, I was amazed at the number of waterfowl darting near the side.
Coots fed a little further. And there are a lot of snakes here, but this is according to other people's stories, I myself saw only one very small snake. It's a pity they're not well treated here, and we've heard some bad stories.
Yesterday we met the owner of a boat or tugboat (I'm not very good at them), which was converted into a sailing vessel, standing at the same pontoon with us. Romantic. I saw the sea once. Going to the ocean, slowly completing the construction of the ship. Good luck, brave man!
At 7 o'clock we leave the sailboat club and contact the dispatcher of the 14th lock. When asked when it is possible to pass through, he not very politely suggests that we come in the fall. But the next request is answered by another dispatcher and we immediately, without waiting, go into the chamber. The gateway is double and less than a kilometer away the second chamber is located.
After it follows a small, last section of the canal and at 9:05 we go out into the river. Here in the water is such a composition. Three more locks await us on the Don.
And on the other side, someone likes to fish in comfort, or maybe just drink a beer on the shore)))
View of the Don
Walking along the river is more interesting than along the reservoirs, you can see the banks. Only the sun bakes mercilessly, the tablet overheats. Our dog also overheated and fell asleep.
A lot of kites began to come across, sometimes at least ten birds are in sight at the same time
Cows on the banks are a common sight
And what kind of car is that familiar on the shore? This is Kolya, my brother, waiting for us. He brought a bunch of all sorts of junk: a life raft, paper maps of the Azov and Black Seas, and so on ...
We must take all this stuff into the boat and he will go to the end point of our journey, leave the car there and arrive by bus in Rostov, where we will wait for him. Sasha will fly there, and then the four of us will go. Apart from the dog.
The place for the meeting is not very convenient, there is a strong current and shallow near the shore.
From the first time we could not approach, we turned around, and then I realized that now we would be covered. I call Kolya, and we agree to meet behind the Nikolaevsky lock.
But not for long. The sun is shining, and I'm almost dry) At about 15 o'clock we passed the Nikolaevsky lock.
Already at sunset, at 19:10 we anchor in the channel of the Old Don at buoy 459. Mosquitoes are dark here! Kolya was able to drive to the opposite bank. It's shallow for us, and that's why I sailed for things on a dinghy. Threw things and for me, too, there was a small place. The main thing is not to make sudden movements)))
Well, that's it, I buried, otherwise it's already getting dark, and I also need to take Fenya to the shore, evening walks are sacred ...
Thanks for reading, to be continued...