alarm is at six thirty, breakfast is planned at seven, because we need to take the train back home. we pack up for the last time and ride the three kilometers to the train station, arriving way too early, especially as it turns out our train is delayed by twenty minutes. no panic, we should… Continue reading back home
Category: 2018 – Burgundy by Bike
A year after our five day trip to Reims we hop on the bike again, this time to cycle 700 km around the Burgundy area in France. It’s a hilly area, but we’re cheating and following canals and waterways most of the way. It’s spring so nature is loud both in colour and sound. We have some rainy and some dry days, but are never bored.
back to Migennes
our last day of cycling! we have about 70 kilometers planned back to where we started ten days ago. the weather is supposed to be fine and though the description in the guide book is not very promising - roads under construction, long boring stretches, .. - we are excited about finishing the tour. we're… Continue reading back to Migennes
since we just passed the divide we can start our day at the highest point of the whole region. we cycle on a bicycle path on top of the canal tunnel until it pops out again and we can rejoin the tow path. blue skies, good asphalt, downhill along the locks: pretty much ideal cycling… Continue reading perfect conditions
a short day
we have a short day planned, from Dijon to Pouilly-en-Auxois. before leaving the town we stop at a bicycle shop to have to loud ticking in one of our bikes checked out: it might be dirt in the bearing of the pedals or the bearing coming loose itself. bad news is they can't fix it,… Continue reading a short day
for more photos..
we wake up to a clear blue sky, the weather predictions show nothing but sun! after cleaning our bikes a little to get the mud, grass and sand out of the chain and gears we set off towards Dijon, following small roads through the vineyards. we hop from one little village to the next, each… Continue reading to Dijon
a day to rest
we dawdle until eight thirty and have a nice breakfast downstairs in the small hotel. we dawdle some more - today we have nothing but time - and then set off by bike to Beaune, about five kilometers away. it feels very strange to cycle without the packs, it goes so quickly and easy up… Continue reading a day to rest
over the hills
today should be the hilliest day of the whole tour: we will leave the canal and cross the hills to get to our next stop. there is an alternative route, but we've decided we won't know if we can do it until we try it and tell ourselves that we can take all the time… Continue reading over the hills
some sun again
I always wake up at six forty five, fifteen minutes before the alarm goes off, difficult to get rid of the working days rythm. after a basic breakfast we set out again along the same canal, though now for some reason it's called Canal du Centre, through a grey foggy day with a light drizzle.… Continue reading some sun again
Le Canal Latéral à la Loire
we left the window open during the night to combat the sweaty clothes smell and each time I woke up I could hear the rain. according to the weather predictions the morning would be the worst, so we took our time with breakfast and packing, leaving the cute hotel in Decize around nine thirty. we… Continue reading Le Canal Latéral à la Loire
A sixteen lock ladder
a later start today, for no particular reason. it's raining and cold when we set off, but we were warned by the online meteo so we're prepared with will-not-get-cold-even-when-wet pants, rainjackets, helmet covers and even home-made shoe covers. that should do to get through the day relatively dry. we climb out of the valley that… Continue reading A sixteen lock ladder
A lucky day!
we started out around nine from Auxerre, getting back to the Yonne and the Canal Nivernais. They intertwine and join occasionally so it's impossible to know which one you're following at a given moment. we have almost a hundred kilometers planned but it should be relatively easy, though we're going up the river which means… Continue reading A lucky day!
since we live in Belgium, getting to the start of our tour involves a drop-off in Lille Europe (France) at seven thirty, a TGV to the Paris Nord train station, a bicycle trip through Paris to the Bercy train station and then a big hour to Laroche-Migennes. I know it sounds convoluted but everything goes… Continue reading warming up
cycling 700 km around Burgundy
we did a small bicycle trip last year, cycling 450 km from home to Reims in five days, but this year we have bigger plans: a 650 km tour around the Burgundy area in France, following canal towpaths and through the vineyards. half of the success is of course in the preparation and this is… Continue reading cycling 700 km around Burgundy