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We were on the road before 08:30 again this morning - it was a little chilly but it wasn't long before we were climbing out of the Loue valley so that warmed us up. The ride towards Besancon was along a fairly ordinary French 'D' road with moderate levels of traffic until we were a few miles away when we left the beaten track for my devious quiet approach to the busy town. This route worked pretty well bringing us in alongside the river Doubs but there ...
... the mighty river Saone. Three times wider than the Thames even though still 100 miles from the Mediterranean.
Stopped at Pontailler-sur-Saone and at Auxonne before reaching our winter berth at St Jean de Losne in Burgundy.
Our journey home commences by train with stops at Dijon, Troyes and Paris and finally the Eurostar.
Cheers for now!
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... and also one that was most heavily armed. It was also blissfully cool in there - not surprising since the walls were a good 6-7 feet thick. There was a lower chamber, dug down into the ground, which had had smaller cannons on the outer edges, and a large central stone pillar with vaulting holding up the ceiling. There was a middle chamber, slightly offset from the lower, also with side areas for cannon and a much higher ceiling, also supported with stone pillar and ...
... the “continental divide” in the sense that rivers on the south, Soane side, flow south to the Med, and on the north, Marne side, rivers flow to the Channel.
The locks on the Soane side are mostly all automatic. When you get to the Marne side, headed down, there is a long serious of manual ones that come with a traveling lock-keeper. The automatics are started by the remote clicker, and then once inside you have to raise a blue rod ...
... room sloped quite markedly, but each in a different direction. Altering my posture to cope with these shifting floor angles wasn't that easy when already shuffling awkwardly at the end of the day's walk.
Two other things to mention briefly concern the weather and the crops. It rained yesterday for the first time in over two weeks. The day before had been cool and cloudy, so it came as no surprise when ...