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Day9 Dole to Morez

A day in the Haut Jura. Dominated by the torrential rain and my freezing feet. They became blocks of ice on the descent into Morez through driving rain, my only thought became on how to get into a red hot bath asap.

I stopped at 61 miles with 1947m of ascent for the day. A lot of the trip was on the N5 not as bad as it sounds, as the carriageway is quite a bit wider than the D roads still it seemed funny to be finishing at 3.30pm.

Hopefully I can make it to Les Gets tomorrow, especially if I can get some plastic bags to wrap my feet in, it’s about 65 miles but with some pretty big ascents!. It’s Cathy’s last night in the apartment, so if I’m lucky I could get some food 😉

Day9 Dole to Morez

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Day8 Langres to Dole

One week ago I was biking with Sally down the River Lee and the Regents canal with a wonderful welcome at Daphne’s. 647 miles later I’ve been cycling on my own down the Canal de la Marne a la Saône and Saône river and am now listening to screaming French kids at the Pizz Up restaurant.

Last night I stayed in the faded excellence of the La Post hotel in Langres with the receptionist who refused to budge on the €75 rack rate. Tonight it was a machine that charged me €32 for a key to my room at a F1 hotel in Dole with no power points in the room and vending machines in the corridor.

Today was lovely and flat apart from where the Balesmes tunnel was blocked to cyclists and I had to carry my bike up the steps and cycle down overgrown paths plus up a great hill. Tomorrow it’s The Jura.

And now to devour my Pom Pizz Up Plus at that centre of culinary excellence in Dole. Pizz Up restaurant!

Day8 Langres to Dole

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Day7- Vitry le Francois to Langres

One week from leaving Cambridge I find myself waking up in another historic city, Langres. My cyclometer says I’ve pedalled 563 miles of which 96 I did yesterday.

I’ve finally discovered the French canal system, yesterday I went from Brethenay to Langres on the towpath of the Canal de la Marne ala Saône although I strongly suspect I could have done the whole day on the canal, thus avoiding my major error of finding myself on a motorway 🙁

I also experienced my first thunderstorm / mega downpour, arriving at the hotel like a drowned rat!

The French canal skirts around towns so to get to Langres you have to come of the towpath and climb up 500feet in 1 mile! Not pleasant after 95 miles with squelchy shoes..

Today I’m hoping to stay on the canal to near Dijon then subsequent days will see the serious climbing beginning. First the Haut Jura to Geneva then up to Les Gets

Day7 Vitry Le Francois to Langres

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Day6 Bourg et Comin to Vitry Le Francois

Today’s 82 miles was spent cycling through Champagne. i made an early start at 7am to get the hills out of the way before the heat of the day. As it was I had a great day with a lovely tail breeze. I passed the final cemetery at Marfaux, a curious one in that the German graves are adjacent to the British ones on top of a hill.

The graves were soon replaced by the Champagne vines, which set my mind wondering if we had a deal going that meant their was no fighting in the vineyards,l

Outside Epernay I met up with the girls who came over on the same ferry as me and are cycling to Florence, they suggested I should bike long the valley to Chalons, certainty much easier! I got into a rhythym and continued to Vitry Le Francois the last 10 miles on a  canal towpath. The town is full of flats and young kids.

I’ve now pedaled 467 miles in 6 days. Here is todays gps trail:-

Day6 Bourg et Comin to Vitry le Francois

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