Ride Day 18 – Beaune to Dole – 66km

We were rather too settled in Beaune. We were used to the city, the local Boulanger and quiet streets. Beaune is a handsome city and while it’s busy in the very centre and during the day, the evenings are quiet and empty. Could have easily stayed longer.

Our budget accommodation was comfortable and quiet and the host was lovely, chatting each day. Cooked at home, relaxed and walked for miles around the walls and centre. Some wine tasting of course in the cellars under the old city. Also a chance for bicycle maintenance as Duncan’s brake pads had worn to the metal.

Took the train one day to Dijon and rode back the 44 kms. Not quite a finished route but we believe the premium red producers would prefer they don’t finish the cycle path route for fear of more people wanting to taste and not buy their wines. Vastly expensive and sold more on their rarity than quality sometimes.

We left Beaune refreshed and ready for the next long four days.

First half was to get back onto the EV6 – the main Nantes to Budapest Route. This involved 39 km of empty straight roads on flat smooth bitumen through yet more wheat growing country, the difference being it was dotted with empty towns and villages with zero facilities yet again. Unless you can count the oddity of the week below a facility! Out of town supermarkets are probably responsible for the closure of so many small village shops – we have seen dozens of closed down places.

We were fast and had a tail wind. We reached the EV6 in just over two hours at Saint-Jean-de-Losne and this was where all the cafes were. We join the Canal du Rhine au Rhone.

This ride was very enjoyable, mostly flat and the path so good it was used by skaters as well as cyclists. Wonderful and peaceful stretches. Would be enjoyable by boat too but riding it was definitely faster. Certainly fewer boats and mostly German flags flying this time which isn’t a surprise considering the route.

We Are now officially in The Jura region. We reached Dole in very good time after eating our packed lunch at a newly set out cyclists Pic-Nic area (no toilets of course).

Met a fellow long distance cyclist called Gene from St. Louis in the USA. He and his wife were doing the EV6 route but his wife Kay had the right idea – she would stay in a biggish city or town town for a few days in a nice hotel, do some wine tasting etc and then catch the train to the next big town while Gene peddled and stayed in places on route.

Dole was a lovely town/city, worthy of a visit. Found our accommodation which was on the actual cycle route and overlooked the River Doubs. A Grand Design of houses, canterlevered with great area for guests, air conditioning and large bed with modern bathroom.

After changing we wandered around the lovely city, following the walk trail of the “perched cat”, as Dole is known as the perched city.

More famous in that Louis Pasteur was born here (left on photo below). We found a casual place to eat and had a good nights sleep. We didn’t even wake to what was a big rain storm in the early hours.

Published by Duncan & Julie

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

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