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... ever since. The crossing to Calais was uneventful and we stayed the night at our usual campsite at Guines - all very quiet to say it is still the Easter holidays.
We stocked up with food and petrol before heading south to stay at Langres about 40 km's north of Dijon. The campsite was deserted on the Friday evening but come ...
... couple of 'bonus' climbs before we arrived at the river. The route out of Besancon was a bit more trafficky but we managed OK without getting lost or losing each other! Once clear of Besancon our route has been a delight - mile after mile of undulating empty roads through a mix of woodland and farmland. Near the end of our day we came across a road closure at a railway bridge but fortunately the diversion was quite short.
132km on the clock for the ...
Woken up by loud hooting, turned out to be the travelling bread van on a Sunday morning!
Not a lot in Vouecourt, a fountain house and a very old church.
Our Next stop was Langres, it is a fortified hill town. Walk part of the walls.
We went through the longest tunnel on our journey, 4.8km through the canal summit between the Marne and the Saone rivers.
Very rural journey for three days ...
... walls that surround the city proper. It is considered to be the largest continuously fortified town in Europe. In the 1800’s a citadel of military buildings was added contingent to the original wall, but a bit down hill. Those buildings are still there also but we didn’t get to them.
Diderot, the Frenchman who had the most to do with starting the Encylopedia in the Enlightenment spirit of the 1700’s was born in Langres. There is a statue ...
... We wore our waterproof pants and were not greatly bothered. It is very rural, with fields of hay and of barley, plus some corn fields, and many many pastures of cows. The more we climbed the locks, the higher we got.
At the top of the canal on the Soane side, there is a chain of 8 locks, each 5+ meters deep, each about .5 kilometers from the last. They are all automatic, with a remote control clicker, and we worked out way through ...