Photo: Rhone locks. I had heard alot about the locks on the Rhone, they are big. I have discovered that as the bollards rise and fall with you tie one line on with the centre cleat the with the other end of the same rope loop a piece over the bollard again and hold the boat forward. The problem is that with one hole for the rising bollard and another for a ladder, it is too easy for fenders to slip into these holes and end up with the boat rubbing on the lock side. Also with the tied on side I usually have one end of the rope go through the cleat and hang on to it with the jammer. This way if it all goes wrong you can pull the rope out of the jammer and you are loose.
Photo: The Rhone. It is amazing how quickly things change once you are outside Lyon. The weather isn’t great but not bad. The sun is strong but there is a cool breeze. This means it is cold waiting for the lock and boiling once you are in it.