Adagio Access Besancon La City
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We are now in the town of Besancon for the night. It's a lovely, new hotel but they don't have a bar. Can you believe that? Eldon went down for ice for our evening toddy, and they said they didn't have any. He did come back with about 7 ice cubes someone found for him.
We aren't sure what we will do for dinner yet. They have a buffet and if it looks good we may partake in ...
We were on the road at around 08:30 again this morning and made our way back to cycleway 22. This route took us through to Yverdon along lovely tiny quiet lanes and even some metalled farm tracks, through wooded and agricultural countyside. From Yverdon our route climbed over a pass in limestone country and soon we were crossing into France. There was a decent to Pontarlier and then it was onto quiet French ...
Since we arrived in Trieste in July we have had barely two consecutive days without rain, often of biblical proportions. In pelting rain on a flooded campsite we review our travel plans this morning, abandon all thoughts of northern Germany and Holland and head south west into France. It pelts with rain as we drive through Germany. As we cross the border into France the sun comes out. Really weird! Overnight in Besancon in Mercure ...
... watching in almost silence for that first glimpse through the rain. Then in the distance he appeared, a lone lead rider. Hair standing on end stuff for me, a really special moment to see my first rider at the Tour. The leader speed past and was shortly followed by the remainder of the peleton. Five minutes later it was over and the crowd headed back down the hill to the town proper. Hard to believe I had attended the Tour De France....might have to do it again ...
... we were well entertained during our stay. As well as hiking up to the citadel and roaming all through it and the ramparts with their stunning views of the hills and river on all sides, we toured the Museum of the French Resistance and Deportation, located within the citadel.
Entertainment however, would be the wrong word for the 20 rooms of letters, photos, and all types of historical records ...