Golden Tulip Troyes
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Wow. Thick fog. Its a good job we've walked to Peas before, as you could barely see across the vinyards. In fact, the fog was spread right across the valley and hadn't budged by our return.
Drove south to Troyes, with the fog finally dispersing by the time we arrived. The historic centre was very different to the towns and villages around Broyes and further north to Reims.
We left the Aire at Marcoing on a bright clear morning and stopped at the top of the hill for a quick look at the War cemetery. We carried on , on the D644 towards Soissons. This took us right through the middle of St Quentin, which had a distinct lack of road signs - we just held our nerve and kept going straight ...
... saw signs for Lyon which we naturally had to pass through as the highway then fed into one creating a horrid traffic jam. We did debate stopping here to visit the 3 Michelin Star chef we met in Venice but not being dressed for such an occasion and the fact the restaurant probably wasn't even open yet, we decided instead to sit in the jam and have a good old British moan!
A 5:30 wake up call (two days in a row now) got us up in time to catch the 7:35 ferry to Calais. A full P&O English breakfast was well deserved. The long autoroute journey began. A longish drive got us to Reims before the kids could really work up into full 'are we there yet' mode! There we had a very interesting and tasty tour of the Taittinger ...
We were feeling sad as we commenced the second last day of cycling on this holiday for it was to be our last full day and our last night 'on the road'. Tomorrow night we would be in Paris, our cycling adventure over.
Our penultimate pedal was more about the journey than the destination, as we encountered a few diverse and interesting people along the way. Although our adventure has taken us to some wonderful places, it has also been ...