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 …

Ride Day 17 – Buxy to Beaune – 68 km

This was Tony’s last ride with us, so we made sure it was a good one. It was mostly flat along the canal until we reached Santenay. It was also Bastille Day – 14th July. A small hiccup at the beginning as Duncan’s bike was clicking on every wheel turn. Worked out this was the …

Ride Day 16 – Viry to Buxy – 69 km

The pleasure of cycling has increased over the last days and today it’s been pretty perfect. Mixing it up is the way to go. Early morning front ended hills are better than end loaded ones. Such a challenge for the sore legs. 900m of hills before coffee! Climbing hills has the benefit of awesome scenery …

Ride Day 15 – Bourbon-Lancy to Viry – 73km

After a day off in Bourbon-Lancy to rest, and cycling into town for dinner the second night in a row, we were ready to leave. Not a place you would spend a long time but OK for a quick look. Tatty outskirts, but nice centre and we had two good meals, best value so far …

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 …

Ride Day 13 – Dornecy to Châtillon-en-Bazois – 60 km

A long day in search of the usual coffee shop/anything open shop. Plenty of canal flat riding however, very peaceful, very few cyclists. A seriously empty bit of France. slowly going up until the top of the canal and then slowly going down. Amazing how it all adds up with the bridges and surprised we …

Ride Day 12 – Auxerre to Dornecy- 77 km

A quick few pics of Auxerre. Probably the nicest city we’ve stayed in overall. No tourist shops, just a well run, quiet city. Beautiful streets, wonderful architecture and five minutes and you are alongside the river with total peace and quiet. topped off last night with a superb dinner. At this rate we will be …

Ride Day 11 – Courtenay to Auxerre – 72 km

One thing you cannot be on these rides is bored. No two days are the same, every corner reveals a different scene. We set of in good spirits, probably happy that we were leaving Courtenay, which you would only really visit if you had a strong interest in wheat! We had a bit of uphill …

Ride Day 10 – Grignon to Courtenay – 57 km

Well, a real contrast to yesterday and I guess it’s good to mix it up. One word can be used to describe today’s ride – tedious! Four hours riding and Km after Km of wheat fields, peppered with corn, a sprinkling of chard but mainly wheat. We blame the French – they eat bread for …

Ride Day 9 – Orléans to Grignon – 52 km

It’s unlikely you will find Grignon on the map – it has a population of 70 and some of them are Parisians with holiday homes. We chose it because it appeared to be on a route to the Yonne and Booking.com had very few places in the area. We can confirm that we were the …

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