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Arrondissement de Nevers

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  • Day20

    Trains, Trains and more Trains

    September 9, 2019 in France ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    Although there is no doubt we had all thoroughly enjoyed our time in Aigues Mortes, after two days of relative inactivity, we were starting to get itchy feet (and I am not referring to the tinea commonly experienced by some other travellers). We actually were ready to resume our cycling. The only problem was that first we had to traverse about 600 km of France to reach Nevers where we were to begin our ride along the Loire River.

    When I was putting this trip together I thought that it would be a good idea to include a couple of day's break between the end of section one and the start of section two. This turned out to be a very wise move as we discovered that it is basically impossible to get out of Aigues Mortes at the week end.

    Although there is a train station at Aigues Mortes, the long grass growing up between the rails is clear evidence that the line is not exactly frequently traversed by trains. In fact we found that the 11:52 am train to Nimes is basically the only option and it only runs on weekdays.

    In order to make our way to Nevers we would have to somehow negotiate a complex sequence of train connections and a glitch in any one of the these connections could have potentially disastrous consequences.

    The long odyssey began with a walking peloton from our hotel to the station. We piled our mountain of luggage in a strategic position and waited for the train to arrive. When it did finally roll into the station, we were horrified to find that it was more like a bus than a train. It only had one carriage and that was already filled with passengers from the previous station.

    We had no choice other than to resort to brute force. Fifteen elderly Ghostriders jammed cases into every available space (mostly in the middle of the single aisle) and then tried to find a place to stand. I spent the next 30 minutes balanced on one leg and trying to avoid falling into the pram that was pressed against my other leg. To make matters worse, the airconditioning was almost non existent and the temperature was soon soaring. It was not a pleasant start to a long journey.

    When we arrived at Nimes we all were exceedingly glad to be free of the train. Since we had a 90 minute gap before the next train was due, we took the opportunity to get something to eat for lunch. The next train would be a first class ride to Dijon. At least we would look forward to reserved seats. The only problem was that, when we reached the platform we were told that the "train was retarded". That was not the news we wanted to hear, especially as we only had a 20 minute break at Dijon before we had to catch the final train to Nevers.

    Our train was indeed retarded and became more so as the trip progressed. Although the scenery was absolutely glorious, I was too stressed to really enjoy it. It was soon obvious that we would have no hope of catching our third connection and I had horrific visions of having to spend the entire night sleeping on the railway platform, surrounded by our luggage. At least the wifi on the train was excellent, easily the best we had experienced in our entire trip so far.

    Of course we arrived at Dijon, just in time to see the train we wanted to catch, disappear into the distance. This could have been catastrophic, but we did discover that there was a second train due to leave in about 40 minutes time. At least it looked like we would be able to reach our hotel, but probably too late for dinner.

    Although it had not gone exactly to plan, we were delighted to discover that the train to Nevers was almost empty. We spread out over an entire carriage and started to misbehave terribly. It had been a very long day in transit and the combination of stress and sugar was starting to make the group act like kids at a red cordial fuelled birthday party. The few remaining locals in the carriage soon departed for other quieter parts of the train.

    We finally rolled into Nevers at about 8 pm. The light was fading and the temperature was dropping as we rolled our cases up the deserted main street to the Best Western Hotel de Diane. I was relieved to find that the hotel reception was still waiting for us and they informed us that we had not missed our dinner after all.

    We were even happier to find that the rooms were amazing - large, clean and comfortable. Best of all was the fact that the dinner was absolutely superb. As each dish was presented to us, we relished every mouthful. The benchmark for dining has now been set at an absurdly high level. It had been quite a day. Tomorrow we will be back on the bikes again.
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  • Day3

    Three things and some extra miles.

    January 27, 2020 in France ⋅ 🌧 9 °C

    Finally we arrived at Jean-Philippe's house. Our first couchsurf host of this trip.
    It was quite a journey!
    As we started up the engine this morning at Sézanne, the horn would turn itself on. So we had to disconnect them...
    We had a 354 km trip ahead. Lieske is a real brave girl.
    But hills are not the sunny part.
    I need to accept that if she does not go faster, she just can't...
    We need to take our time. 6 hours., she needed for the scenic route.
    During the first 100km, a fuse blew, because I wanted to test the horn, who, as you might remember was disconnected. Result: no wipers on the motorway... first stop: new fuse.
    Also a bit diesel dripping on the first injector. But hey. I drip too. Sometimes.
    As final test of my nerves...after Nika's driving.. 😎
    I forgot the tankcap after the last pit stop.
    So. I had te go back. A 40 km wasted. And a nice hill to climb.
    But as mentioned we are safe, warm and now waiting for our host. I can smell the food on the stove.
    Goodnight!
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  • Day79

    73. Etappe: Nevers

    September 19, 2018 in France ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

    Dank der kleinen Etappe, war ich heute schon mittags am Zielort Nevers. Eine gute Entscheidung, denn das Thermometer kletterte wieder auf über 30 Grad.
    Nach einem tollen Abendbrot gestern Abend, einer ruhigen Nacht und dem gemeinsamen Frühstück hieß es heute Morgen Abschied nehmen von Ellis & Hans, mit denen ich in den letzten Tag allerhand Weg, so manche gemütliche Herberge und das ein oder andere Bier geteielt habe - schön wars! Aber die beiden hatten heute ihre letzte Jakobsweg-Etappe für dieses Jahr und fahren morgen früh mit dem Flixbus wieder in die niederländische Heimat. Aber wie es der Zufall will, trafen wir uns noch 2x in der Stadt wieder 🎉 Nach dem wirklich allerletzten gemeinsamen Erfrischungsgetränk heute Nachmittag ging es für mich zurück in die private Pilgerherberge, die ich heute wieder ganz für mich alleine habe.
    Die freie Zeit in Nevers habe ich gut genutzt und meine durchgelatschten Wanderschuhe durch exakt das selbe Modell ersetzt. Daniel darf dann in den nächsten Tagen eine kleine Stinkbombe bei der Post abholen 🙊. Denn das alte Paar konnte ich einfach nicht wegschmeißen, aber 1,5 kg schleppt kein Pilger zusätzlich mit sich rum. 😉
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  • Day80

    74. Etappe: Saint-Pierre-le-Moûtier

    September 20, 2018 in France ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Heute war mal wieder eine längere Etappe dran, knapp 31 km! Also eine gute Gelegenheit für meine neuen Schuhe sich zu bewähren und es ging deutlich schneller voran als mit den ollen Botten! Nur leider ging es nicht ganz so idyllisch über reichlich Asphalt, über und entlang von Autobahnen. Der heutige Tag war ganz dem PS gewidmet, bin sogar durch Magny-Cours gekommen. Die Rennstrecke habe ich zwar nur von weitem gesehen, aber der Sound hat mich ein paar Kilometer begleitet. Irgendwie ist mir Vogelgezwitscher deutlich lieber. 😉 Der Schatten war rar - kurz: Ich bin ganz schön durch! Umso besser, dass es in meiner heutigen privaten Pilgerherberge auch gleich Abendbrot und Frühstück gibt und ich nichts mehr einkaufen oder kochen muss 🎉
    Ich frage mich nur, wo sind bloß die ganzen Pilger aus Vezelay hin? 😳 Also Ellis und Hans sind hoffentlich erfolgreich in Paris umgestiegen und nehmen direkt Kurs auf die Heimat. Aber die anderen? Es gibt wohl zu viele Wegalternativen, denn im Moment ist die Strecke wieder so leer wie zum Beginn meiner Reise durch Frankreich.
    Ich freue mich auf morgen und hoffe der Tag hält etwas mehr Schatten bereit, sonst baue ich meinen Streifenhörnchen-Look vermutlich weiter aus 🙈
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  • Day78

    72. Etappe: Guerigny

    September 18, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Die Nacht auf dem Campingplatz gut überstanden, ging es heute nicht allzu früh los. Knapp 20 km waren es heute, bei 30 Grad wieder eine kurze Etappe und es ging zum Glück meist schattig durch Wald und über kleine Dörfer. Heute übernachte ich mit den beiden in einer kleinen Pilgerherberge für 4 Personen. Ein Bett ist also noch frei, aber vielleicht kommt ja später noch ein Pilger an.
    Morgen geht es mal wieder in eine größere Stadt - Nevers und zum Glück ist es auch nur eine kleine Etappe. Ich muss dort schleunigst ein Outdoor-Geschäft aufsuchen - nach über 1.600 km habe ich es geschafft und meine Wanderschuhe haben das Ende Ihrer Lebenszeit erreicht. 😅
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  • Day51

    Nevers

    July 3, 2020 in France ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Terminus pour la Loire à vélo, nous sommes arrivés à Nevers en train et nous sommes installés pour 3 nuits dans un Airbnb (une pension pour chevaux,le rêve !), le temps de voir Marine, Chhun, Maé et Liou.Read more

  • Day25

    Puilly sur Loire to Nevers

    June 22, 2017 in France ⋅ ☀️ 34 °C

    When we came through Puilly on the way to our hotel yesterday we couldn't buy milk for brekky because the shops closed for their midday break till 3pm. Another very hot day forecast so this morning we got an early start, bought some milk a few km along the road, and had our muesli and coffee at a picnic spot near La Charitè sur Loire. After a few minor navigational hiccups we crossed the river to rejoin the official cycle route. The route from there to Nevers was very good, with lots of wide smooth shady sections beside canals.
    We have now completed the official Loire à Velo route from the mouth of the river at Saint Nazaire to Nevers. We might have to celebrate with some bubbly on our rest day.
    The forecast looks more normal for the next week or so, with maximums in the mid to low 20s where we are headed, which is further south along the Loire.

    57km today, 687km total.
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  • Day26

    Nevers (Out of order)

    June 23, 2017 in France ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

    A big day in Nevers - sightseeing, bike shop for repairs to Tracey's bottom bracket, haircut for Pat & laundromat. Nevers has got everything you need without being too big, as well as having the requisite gothic cathedral, ducal palace and a beach on the Loire right behind our accommodation.Read more

  • Day23

    Pinay - Parigny-les-Vaux

    April 21, 2018 in France ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    La drôle d’étape que voici
    - Premièrement parce qu’elle serpente inutilement à travers les différents villages,
    - Ensuite parce qu’elle n’apporte rien tant sur le plan paysages, architectural ou végétation,
    - Enfin parce qu’elle va vers l’Est, ce qui est un non-sens et démotivant 🤯.

    Alors pourquoi faire cette étape me direz-vous?
    On vous a déjà dit que je ne faisais jamais comme les autres ?! 🧐😏🤫
    En fait, on a simplement rejoint notre fameux GR déjà vu en Belgique et sur le chemin de halage avant Reims (non pas halage, le piège à 🤬) et qui est une variante possible vers Compostelle.
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