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Saint-Père-sur-Loire

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  • Day24

    The Chateaux are Starting

    September 13, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    The crash I suffered yesterday had obviously done something horrible to my left knee. All night whenever I rolled over in bed I was awakened by the pain involved in having to relocate my leg to somethingf approaching a comfortable position. I started to have serious worries about how I would cope with the cycling over the next few days. The problem with this type of trip is that there is no "Plan B" - each day it is our responsibility to get ourselves and our bikes to the next hotel. On the other hand I have discovered that you never really discover what you are capable of until you are put to the test.

    The day began promising enough. A glance at the sky showed that we would be in for another absolutely cloudless day. It is incredible that we have not seen a drop of rain since we arrived in France over three weeks ago. One of the locals explained it like this "We need rain, but we don't want it". A typically French attitude.

    The town of Briare is an absolutely picture perfect treasure. No town has a right to be this beautiful. It makes it impossible to travel more than a few metres without stopping to take a picture. Russell had been chosen as our ride leader for the day, a task he took to with enthusiasm. It was not really his fault that he managed to lead us into a dead end within 5 minutes of leaving the hotel. These sorts of things can happen to even professional cycling guides.

    The undoubted early highlight was the Pont Canal. This ornate iron structure carries the water of the Canal Lateral de la Loire over the top of the Loire itself. For a long time it was the longest such elevated canal bridge in the world, but it has now been exceeded by the new canal bridge in Magdeburg, Germany.

    As we made our way across the pont bridge, my main concern was to avoid falling in the stagnant waters. I was having great difficulty in starting and stopping and had to evolve a completely new (and absolutely unsightly) method for getting my damaged body onto the bike. To my relief I did discover that, once I was underway, I could pedal without too much discomfort.

    Once we found our way out of the town, Russell caught the wind in what was left of his hair and raced ahead. That guy is a real pocket rocket when he decides to be and he was obviously relishing his new job at the front of the peloton. I was also relishing my new role somewhere at the back of the group. It was good to be able to just follow the rider ahead without worrying where we had to go.

    The next amazing sight was the huge medieval city of Gien. Although we did not cross the wide arched bridge to enter the city itself, the view from the opposite bank of the Loire was superb. We also found it to be an ideal place to stop for coffee (actually two, as it was so good). Gordon also found it an ideal place to stage his own crash. Apparently he had been so captivated by the view on the opposite bank, that he missed seeing the curb and performed a slow motion pirouette into the bitumen. A few minutes later, the women had managed to bandage his bleeding elbow and make him look like a cycling leper.

    We then found ourselves riding within clear view of another massive nuclear station. This one had not two, but four huge cooling towers, three of which were belching clouds of white steam into the air.

    Russell somehow managed to find a lovely spot for our picnic lunches, complete with seats and a water view. After lunch we completed the ride along a lovely sealed bike path on an elevated levee bank.

    Our destination for the day was the town of Sully Sur Loire, dominated by the huge Chateau de Sully Sur Loire. It was our first taste of a genuine castle and a great foretaste for the large numbers of such building swe will see over the next week or so.

    After checking into the very comfortable Hotel Burgevin, we had plenty of time to explore the local area and have a closer look at the Chateau. My knee had survived its first real test and I was hoping that things would improve from now on.

    Our evening meal was at the stangely named Aux P'tits Oignons restaurant. It was a tiny place, run by a French couple. He did all the cooking and she did all the serving. Neither of them spoke a single word of English, but the food was sensational. On the way home we walked the silent streets of Sully under a brilliant full moon, It might have been Friday the 13th, but we felt like the luckiest people on the planet.
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    Mary Kinch

    Hello Dennis so sorry to hear about the knee and your( and Gordon’s) crash. I have finished my 12 day cycle today and head to Milan/ lake coming etc before heading home. Really hope the knee settles and the trip proceeds nicely from here mary kinch

    9/13/19Reply
    Carol Yates

    Hi Dennis. Sorry to read about your crash. It sounded quite spectacular I wish I had been there to witness it. Hope your knee comes good a little quicker than it did on the Baltic ride. By the way I know you will be pleased to know that I have used your old

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  • Day24

    A Message from the Portland Ghostriders

    September 13, 2019 in France ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    I have previously mentioned that, when we were on the L'Estello barge in Provence, we were joined by three American riders from Portland Oregon. Although we teased them mercilessly, it was actually great fun to have them share the ride with us. Their good humour meant that they could easily fit in with the silliness that was a feature of every day's ride and every evening meal.

    One of the Portland ladies has sent me the following account which I am happy to include in our blog.

    "A noisy group -especially when playing PIG! They said they could hear us on the other boat! When I first met the Ghost Riders, I wondered how the week would go, but I felt welcome from the start, and I even became an honorary member. I learned many new words, like “chevis” and “as useful as a one-ended stick.” Dennis made sure I learned about Australia, but luckily he forgot about the promised “test at the end.” I can’t believe there have been over 42 Ghost Rider trips and hope your trip through the Loire Valley is as wonderful as it sounds!!

    Let me know if you would consider coming to Oregon for an official trip -we have bike tours through the gorge that are spectacular, mid-summer are our Cycle Oregon weekends, and mid-September is our legendary, week-long Cycle Oregon; I would love to host a visit for you to the new Oregon Chapter! I had so much fun with all of you, and I have many found memories and pictures. I hope to ride with you again -let me know if there’s an opening for your Cuba trip! I wish you all the best and hope to come to Melbourne someday and ride with you again!!

    Until we meet again-Mira Vowels, honorary Ghost Rider"

    Thank you Mira, it was our pleasure to share those few days with you and your fellow Americans. Who knows, maybe one day we will be able to take you up on your offer of riding in your part of the world.
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    DaveMc

    It was great to share the adventure with the Oregon trio. Also great to meet a few Ghostriders I had not met before. It ended way too soon.

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  • Day22

    Orléans to Sully sur Loire

    June 19, 2017 in France ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    The route today had a succession of very pretty and interesting small towns.
    First came Chateauneuf-Sur-Loire, with its small but interesting museum, explaining life on the Loire over the centuries, the enormous floods and the use of ultra shallow draft boats (70cm) to ply trade on what was not a navigable river. The traps of hiring a boat and times of pressganging were also detailed.
    Next came Germigny-Des-Prés with its unremarkable Carolingian church.
    The Abbaye de Fleury at Benoît-Sur-Loire, which apparently still has bits of St Benedict in it, was an unusual church constructed from a very white rock.
    We pass many areas with signs "Sables Mouvants", indicating that the area has quicksand and that swimming is forbidden.
    The campground at Sully-Sur-Loire was great, with grassy areas in deep shade and a swimming pool, which we spent about 3 hours at. Dinner was over the bridge at a 'pub' on the corner.
    The fairytale chateau was constructed around 1400 and still looks beautiful - the sort of smallish chateau one could consider living in. Plenty of room for guests!
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    Kaye Taylor

    What a beautiful, peaceful place, hope you're coping with the weather. Xx

    6/19/17Reply
    Rod Horan

    Nice pics. Looking good.

    6/20/17Reply
    Arabian Nights

    Isn't that just picture photo book stuff??!!

    6/20/17Reply
    Pat and Tracey Esler

    It is very lovely as you know Rod but at 36°today, a bit testing on the bike

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  • Day5

    Wasserschloss Sully sur Loire

    June 28, 2019 in France ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Challenge: welches Schloss wünsch ich mir denn nun zu meinem Geburtstag? Als ich nur Sully zur Auswahl hatte, war alles noch sooooo einfach.

    Wir haben wenige hundert Meter entfernt auf einem kostenlosen Stellplatz übernachtet, der sogar Wasser und Abwasser-sowie Müllentsorgung bot. Die Loire in Sichtweite und nur drei Picknickschritte entfernt. (Heike)Read more

    Martina Selle

    Ich liebe Schlösser

    6/29/19Reply
    DiSel

    Das wäre zumindest ein hübsches Herrschaftspaar 😍

    6/29/19Reply
    Heike Gab

    Verstehe ich

    6/29/19Reply
     

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