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... towards Diou, which is 25km (15 miles) away.
Unlike yesterday, we see very few people cycling along, but, we do see quite a number of boats cruising along.
We make it just to Pierrefit-sur-Loire, (10 miles) before Kathleen expresses a desire to call a halt (ie, declares she is not going any further). I manage to coax another 3 miles out her, before a final halt is called.
At Pierrefit-sur-Loire, as well as some ...
... Kathleen! We find that Norma's mother came from Blyth, in Northumberland, given their complex list of things they do not eat, I theorise, they may be related!
Soon we are all having a very pleasant lunch at a small cafe in the centre of town.
The French know how to relax!
The round trip is a commendable 24 miles, rounded off with sitting in the sun, drinking a cool beer.
... wines. There was no charge for tasting but we did decided to buy a bottle of white wine. We carried on but soon afterwards stopped for lunch in a town called St-Gengoux-Le-National. Again most things in the town were closed but it was a cool medieval town to walk around. We got some lunch at a bakery and then had a very friendly welcome to the pub next door for a drink. We continued on our ride, and the next stop was Cormatin. ...
Well that 80k sounds amazing but actually we've been going in circles today. The day started well, we were worried that as it had been such a great 4k downhill into Nolay it would be a long walk uphill to get out but as we climbed the first hill there was a Voie Verte velo route sign off to the right. When we stop and looked it said it went to Santenay which was in our direction, it was a really great surface - so smooth think it's probably an old railway line. ...
The next day, tarped up against certain rain at some point in the day, we did the glide from Nolay back down the PLM rail bed to Satenay in record time.
We picked up the Canal du Centre and the Euro Vélo 6 route again, so ending our Burgundian Deviations. Looking at the map, we can see we have only cycled a small section of the many well-developed cycle routes through the gorgeous countryside ...