We woke to a much cooler day. That heatwave appears to be over, so fingers crossed we get some cooler rides for a while.
We set off early, 8:30 and it was quite chilly! This stretch was quite lovely, very close to the Loire and through some very smart and pretty towns. Dozens of cyclists last us during the day – it really is quite a busy route but not enough to bother us. Very well marked route as usual. Love that when the route involves crossing a road, there is a cyclist “halt all traffic” button. Wish we had these in a few more places!
Beaugency was gorgeous. Found a coffee shop almost immediately at 10:15 and the best coffee so far – and the most expensive at €3.60. Orléans however, went up to €4.10. There is no getting away from it, the Loire is expensive (had coffee in Portugal for €.60 last year).
The scenery is refreshing with plenty of quieter stretches of river bank and then another town, such as the one below. Still, not much in the way of shops, toilets or any other facilities you may want or need. Back home in Dunsborough, with a permanent population of 5000 we have 13 coffee shops. Found only one on route open yesterday in 47km.
Passed a nuclear power station with only one tower puffing out steam. When all the French install an air conditioner soon, two may be going at full power next year!
Reached Orleans at 14:00 and checked into a hotel with aircon – 6 days after we needed it. Ensuring we have a good nights sleep for a change. Did a two hour tour of the city on foot – quite a handsome city and not crowded at all. Noticed the Sales were on but looking in Windows, a T-shirt at €42 was not going to do it, so hope our clothes last the trip!
We met Tony off the train at 18:50.
Quick change and out for a glass of wine while Tony got organised and then out for a rather good meal at a restaurant Tony had booked.
First ride together tomorrow into new territory and away from the Loire. We had realised when booking this trip late last year that accommodation was in short supply or very expensive along the Loire. Nancy suggested we try the Yonne River, so we will head across country over three days to join the Yonne at Auxerre.