Ride Day 14 – Châtillon-en-Bazois to Bourbon-Lancy 70km – half way French Route- 3 weeks in.

A day of two halves. The first 35 km were on the final stretch of the Canal du Nivernais, the second 35 km on a route Duncan had mapped, taking us through peaceful lanes back to the Loire. On reflection, we should have added a day, completed the canal, and stayed in Decize and spent the night there. Next time! Here is the route. Flat, then hills!

We can understand now why some long distance cyclists carry tents and camp. There are certainly more opportunities of places to stay when you choose this option. Sections of our route were based on where we could find accommodation which was in short supply. We found when booking the accommodation that cycling tour companies had bulk booked rooms. The reason we left the Loire in Orléans was the lack of accommodation on that route.

A very rare occasion today – a coffee shop on the canal and a surprisingly good coffee, made with real, hot milk. At €3 it was worth it. However not a bite to eat here or anywhere en- route, thank goodness we had picked up quiche before we departed Châtillon-en-Bazois.

The last bridge/lock and lock house on the canal before we left it below.

The undulating ride to Bourbon-Lancy however was empty. We saw five cars in total. Far reaching views to National Forest. I doubt you could have such a great car free ride in the UK.

Rolling hills as well as lots of forest on very good roads and long steady climbs.

We arrived in Bourbon-Lancy after a long ride. We knew this place wasn’t ideally located but the hosts are very friendly, the rooms clean. We tootled up the road on our bikes for dinner.

A day off Thursday. Three long rides to do before reaching Beaune. The only accommodation with a pool tomorrow so it’s probably due to rain!

For those who wonder what we carry, below are the contents of Julie’s bags – total 8 kilos including the toiletries.

Finally, oddity of the week. Obviously when you are in Burgundy you want to stay in a wine barrel!

Published by Duncan & Julie

Australians who cycle in Europe. https://cyclefarotosansebastian.wordpress.com/ https://stmalo2carcassonne.wordpress.com/

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