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Yesterday, when out for our evening stroll, we noticed what appeared to be a cycle track along the banks of the river Loire, so, off we went. It started well, but, after about three miles, the track had become to narrow for Kathleen's taste, so, we retraced our route, back to the campsite, and joined another cycle route I had noticed.
This took us past a large marina area and along ...
... anyone thinking of using this campsite, and, perhaps, worrying about access, a little bit of video of our departure. You need to skip over the drive to the service point, and, as you can see, the access roads are not bad, provided you do not encounter a road sweeper, as we did!
Will write this up as time permits but the highlight for me today was the visit to a little village called Apremont which is very proud of being beautiful and rightly so http://www.apremont-sur-allier.com/the% 20village.html
Before that we went to the city of Nevers.
... It was very hot today, 34 degs I think and sunny. Hottest day so far. We stopped in Pouilly to eat our lunch but Dave and I just found a shady, grassy square and stayed put.
Then we carried onto another medieval town called La Charite-sur-Loire with its old ramparts and very old church (construction started in 1050). It was an awe inspiring church but obviously doesn't ...
... taking the brunt of commerce, many canals are recreational havens. We saw quite a few boats making their leisurely way through the canals and their locks as we pedaled into the ever-present south wind. Riding those 46 miles was a long slog. Beautiful, with stone villages and the ever present churches, but still long, with the wind always pushing against us. We arrived in Montargis in the afternoon. Everyone, it seemed was exhausted from hours of pedaling ...