|FRANCE 2008: Trip
an early start from Savigny and had completed the 20km
to Semur-en-Auxois by 9am. Semur looked
magnificent from a distance, with the churches silhouetted
the morning sun
and we were looking forward to an espresso. Close up
the town was depressing with a stream of heavy trucks
passing noisily along the cobbled main road and only
a couple of seedy looking cafes.
We joined the Bourgogne
Canal a few kilometers later just after Villeneuve.
The path alongside the canal was to take us the remaining
70 kilometers to Dijon. The villages along the way
were smaller than we expected and, being a Monday,
the bakery at Saint Thibault was shut. We managed to
buy a loaf of bread and a couple of buns, and had our
long awaited espresso at Pouilly, but the supermarket
was shut for the two hour lunch break.
See the video of cycling
along the Burgundy Canal (use left arrow to return
to this page)
The weather was perfect, a blue
sky with a few clouds but no suggestion of rain. The
cycling path is excellent. It was traffic free and the
passing cyclists smiled or said ‘bonjour’.
We ate the bread at a bench by the canal at Chateuneuf
in sight of the chateau and next to some moored holiday
barges. One particularly luxurious one had every winch
and windlass polished to shine like silver.
it later on the Internet.
Just before Veuvey
the canal changed direction from South East to North
West and the slight headwind became a tail wind. We
finally found a café at Fleurey and
had an espresso followed by a beer. Essential fluids
back to nominal
levels, life got even better a couple of kilometers
later when the path surface changed from gravel to
paved and we clicked up two
gears for the
enjoy the stability of a heavily loaded bike on a flat
smooth road and we speeded the remaining 16km to Dijon.
When we reached the apartment we had clocked 121km
for the day.
|The apartment was next
to the Notre Dame cathedral. It was
newly renovated. They had been pushed to get it finished
for our visit,
the plumber was connecting the kitchen sink as we arrived.
Everything was good quality and it was very pleasant.
We had dinner at a restaurant near to the apartment,
the set four course menu was 24 euros a head and the
food was good.