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  • Day22

    A Test of Strength in Sancerre

    September 11, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    After our late start yesterday, we were all keen to get rolling on our bikes as early as possible. I had previously instructed the team to be down for breakfast by 7.30 am, so that we could get started on our ride at 9 am. Since a peloton rides on its stomach, it is always important to begin each day with a hearty repast of cereal, juices, baguettes, yoghurt, cheeses, fruit and of course coffee.

    Buoyed by the lovely meal we had been supplied with the previous evening, we all entered the breakfast room of the hotel with eager anticipation of what glorious delights would be waiting for us. Our spirits soon took a dive when we saw the meager assortment that was waiting for us.

    Not only was there barely enough food for 6, let alone 16 hungry people, but there was almost no cutlery or crockery either. The cereals ran out in the first couple of minutes. This was perhaps just as well as there were no bowls left to put the cereal into. The six slices of ham did not go far either. Although there was still some orange juice, the glasses were smaller than an egg cup, meaning that it was all gone in a single swallow. The owner simply did not seem to appreciate that anything was wrong, even when people had to resort to eating from dirty crockery.

    We looked at each other, wondering whether we were about to witness some sort of miracle of the loaves and fishes. Unfortunately miracles were in short supply and so most of the group went hungry. The owner even struggled to supply us with hot coffee - our staple heart starter for the morning. If it had been an episode of Masterchef, I would have scored the breakfast a 2/10. The only pleasing thing was the lovely crunchy baguettes.

    Although the breakfast was a letdown, our group was in high spirits at the prospect of a lovely ride along the Loire. The early morning weather was cool and fresh, a far cry from the scorching days we had so recently spent in Caumont.

    On the way out of Charite, we stopped at the local Boulangerie to buy some sandwiches and cakes for a picnic lunch by the river. At least we then knew that we would not go hungry during the day.

    The first part of the ride took us out of the town and back across the Loire. The most obvious feature of this part of the city was how neglected the ancient buildings were. Most of the houses looked like they had been deserted, giving the place the feeling of a ghost town.

    We were soon comfortably cruising along an elevated levee bank. We had no real need to hurry as the day's ride was relatively short. It was wonderful to be able to just savour the moment, stopping for pictures along the way. We knew that there would be very few opportunities to purchase food or drinks along the way, however the guide book promised that there would be a cafe at the little town of Pouilly.

    Although we initially rode a short distance past the turnoff, we did eventually make our way across the long bridge and found the promised coffee shop. It gave us a wonderful chance to chat with a group of fellow travellers and laugh with the owner. He asked where we were riding to. When we told him we were going to Sancerre, he rolled his eyes and pointed upwards with his hands. It turned out to be a very accurate prediction of what lay ahead for us.

    After our morning tea stop we continued for another few km, looking for a suitable place for our picnic lunch. We were very happy to discover a lovely spot, right on the river bank. It was the perfect place to eat our baguettes and enjoy the rising temperature.

    When we caught our first glimpses of Sancerre we could see that the final few km were never going to be easy. The city was prominently situated, right on the crest of a distinctive hill. A very steep hill. The ebike riders were not daunted, the rest of us shook our heads in fear and dismay.

    Although the early climb was modest, the road took an abrupt left hand turn, sending us directly up the side of the mountain. The gradient would have been at least 16% or more. I could have risked a heart attack by trying to ride up it, but I could think of no good reason to do so. I stopped and started to walk. When I looked back I found that almost everyone else had done the same thing. As it turned out only two of the ebike riders (Maggie and Sue) had managed to complete the first part of the climb without dismounting, the rest of us decided to ride "Shank's pony" instead.

    As we walked our way slowly up the climb, the views opened up behind us. Although it was really hard work, the location was breathtaking (yes, literally breathtaking). A short time later we reached our hotel - the Clos St Martin, and were able to spend the rest of the afternoon exploring this beautiful hilltop city. Once our heart rates had settled a little, we all agreed that the effort was really worth it. How priveleged we were to be able to experience such a glorious part of the world.
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  • Day2


    July 6, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Samedi, 6 juillet 2019
    Malgré les 33° de hier soir, nous avons bien dormi. A peine en route pour Tours, un orage carabiné, mais bien rafraîchissant, nous surprend. Les 17° ne durent pas. Déjà lors de notre pause-dîner au bord du Cher à Thénioux, notre thermomètre affiche de nouveau 34°. Arrivés au camping de Tours, nous trouvons portes closes, overbooked à cause d'un festival. L'aire officielle pour cc n'inspire pas vraiment de la confiance, nous nous rendons à Monbazon, village distant d'environ 10km, où nous trouvons notre bonheur au Camping de la Vallée de l'Indre.Vu qu'aucun taxi veut venir nous chercher, nous nous rendons en cc à l'hôpital et y trouvons Monique, Thomas et Clémence qui entourent le patient. Alain se remet de sa dernière opération et espère que la nouvelle plaie va cicatriser au plus vite. Son moral est bon, malgré que les plateaux-repas ne font pas vraiment envie. Ça sera mieux aux Suries. Un petit sentier bucolique relie le camping et le parc au bourg de Montbazon, où nous savourons deux bonnes salades à la Table de Ysao.Read more

  • Day84

    78. Etappe: Châteaumeillant

    September 24, 2018 in France ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Gestern Abend hat es noch ordentlich gestürmt und geregnet, so dass es heute deutlich kühler ist als die anderen Tage. Ich bin froh, dass ich meine Daunenjacke schon dabei habe und wandere heute fast komplett mit ihr.
    Der Weg geht über kleine Städte und zwischendurch begegne ich zwei deutschen Frauen auf ihrem Jakobsweg - sie kennen schon meinen Namen, da zwei andere Pilger, die ich zwei Tage zuvor getroffen habe, von der verrückten Berlinerin berichteten. Lucille haben sie auch bereits vor ein paar Tagen kennengelernt. Irgendwie begegnet man sich immer wieder auf dem Weg. 😅
    Auf der Hälfte der Strecke kommen mir auf einmal 5 Rindern auf der Straße entgegen 😳 Erst weiß ich nicht was ich tuen soll, ich bleibe ruhig am Straßenrand stehen und sie biegen rechts neben mir ab - kein Bauer weit und breit in Sicht! Aber anscheinend wissen sie wo sie hin wollen. 😂
    Heute Abend heißt es wieder Camping! Aber dieses Mal in einem privaten Garten. Der Camper ist auch deutlich größer als beim ersten Mal und hat sogar Dusche, Toilette und Sitzecke.
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    Daniel Hasert


    Daniel Hasert

    Waschtag? 😉

    Claudia Kuhnke

    Cooles Bild und sicherlich ein entspannter Moment fuer dich 😉

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  • Day82

    76. Etappe: Charenton-du-Cher

    September 22, 2018 in France ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Eine abwechslungsreiche Tour erwartete mich heute, Straßen und Feldwege wechselten sich ab und es geht durch ein paar schöne Städtchen. Deutlich abgekühlt hats durch den Regen gestern und so ist es auch etwas herbstlich geworden. Heute verschont mich der Regen zum Glück und Dank der guten Wandertemperaturen gehen die 30 km heut schnell vorbei.Read more

    Daniel Hasert


    Claudia Kuhnke

    Wirklich ein schoenes Plaetzchen👍


    Es gibt ja doch schöne Rastplätze😉😙

  • Day83

    77. Etappe: Marcais

    September 23, 2018 in France ⋅ 🌧 19 °C

    Die heutige Etappe fiel leider etwas kleiner aus als erwartet, denn zum ersten Mal seit Beginn der Reise, habe ich keinen Schlafplatz in meinem "Wunschort" bekommen. 😱 Aber zum Glück habe ich gestern Abend nette Pilger in der Herberge getroffen und so hat Lucille, eine Französin, die sehr gut deutsch und englisch spricht, noch einen zweiten Schlafplatz für mich in Marcais, wo sie bereits vorreserviert hatte, etwas abseits der Route gebucht. 🎉
    Gestartet sind wir heute morgen alle nach und nach über eine Abkürzung entlang eines Kanals (und ich habe sogar einen Eisvogel gesehen 😳🎉), die laut Chantal, der netten Herbergsbesitzerin, viel schöner und kürzer als der offizielle Weg ist. Dank der unterschiedlichen Geschwindigkeiten und vergessener Wanderstöcke 😅, trafen wir (3 Brasilianer, 3 Franzosen und ich) aber alle wieder im Supermarkt in Saint-Amand-Montrond zusammen. Danach trennten sich die Wege, da wir alle in unterschiedlichen Orten übernachten.
    Lucille und ich kommen gerade rechtzeitig in unserer Herberge auf einem Bauernhof an, als es beginnt zu regnen. Der nette Bauer und Hospitaliero hat uns vom Wegesrand mit Auto abgeholt, sonst wären wir wohl in den Regen gekommen.
    Für morgen ist die Unterkunft schon vorgebucht. Es wird wieder ein Caravan in einem privaten Garten, den ich mir mit Lucille teile - ich bin sehr gespannt!
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    Daniel Hasert


    Claudia Kuhnke

    👍ja supi....glaub das Bad🤔.....gruebel...das haette ich auch gern gesehen.....😉


    Das war nicht so spektakulär, aber funktional, ein kleiner Raum mit Dusche, Waschbecken im Schlafraum und WC extra - perfekt für Pilger 😊

  • Day17

    Day 17: St-Amand-Montrond - Le Chatelet

    August 29, 2016 in France ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Distance: 27.9 (371.8/1498.5)
    Weather: 23C, cloudy and a tiny bit of rain
    Mood: neutral pilgrim mode
    Blisters: 1

    All is good. Uneventful day with good mileage. Now it's time for dinner in my Chambre d'hote for the night 🙂Read more

    Hidde Hannah Dijk

    Marc was hete iT was very K


    Well done so far Jo! And I am sure it was


    Nice to have Marc visit (hit send a bit early!). Maria

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  • Day425

    Day 426: Bourges Cathedral

    April 16, 2018 in France ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

    Up and out early, on the road to Bourges Cathedral, one of the most famous Gothic buildings in all of France. It was a long drive, about 2 hours, especially since we kept skirting toll roads since the bills there are starting to add up.

    Parked just nearby, left Schnitzel in the car, and headed over. Although it was a dull gloomy day, the cathedral still looked great. It's much simpler in style than other Gothic buildings, with no transepts (side bars), just a straight through hall design. Spent about 90 minutes wandering around and filming our video before we were eventually done.

    Back in the car where we headed to a nearby chain bakery named Feuillette, which we'd stopped at for breakfast earlier in the day. It's funny - it's a large chain that has about 30 stores, but limited entirely to this part of France. They're very popular too - this time there was a queue out the door! But we got our food and it was very tasty!

    After that, there wasn't much left for us to do other than drive the two hours back down to the Loire Valley, stopping at a supermarket for supplies along the way.
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    Trish Forrester

    I find the detail in those sculptures incredible!

  • Day3

    3ter Stop

    January 16 in France ⋅ 🌧 1 °C

    Nach einer Fahrt durch Schnee und Regen Verkehrs totalchaos durch Paris. Entnervt und müde dann in Orleans der Stellplatz gesperrt. Was tun? Weiterfahren immer nach Süden. Es kann nur besser werden. Bei Einbruch der Dunkelheit auf einen Rastplatz. Muss auch mal gehen.Read more

    Hajo Kohls

    wichtig dass es langsam wärmer wird.🥶

  • Day6

    Mittagessen in Vierzon

    August 3, 2019 in France ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Mittagessen gab es im kleinen Ort Vierzon bei brütender Hitze. Es dauerte etwas, bis wir den Parkplatz gefunden hatten, und noch einmal, bis wir ein paar einfache Restaurants gefunden hatten. Aber dann gab es ein nettes Mittagessen, so dass wir uns gestärkt auf die nächsten Kilometer begeben konnte.Read more

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Département du Cher, Departement du Cher, Cher