Friday, 28 September 2007

Sunday 23rd September (Day 67): Beaugency to Chaumont (68 km)

Slept really well until 9am - what a luxury! By the time we had packed, loaded and bought pastries for the day it was already 11.30. It was, however, q gentle autumn day with clouds, mild sunshine, and a glorious head wind (hurrah for the head wind). By the time we had cycled through narrow lanes, past the towering edifice of one of the nuclear power stations, and onto the levee beside the river we were really enjoying the day.

Lunch was taken on a rather elegant bench overlooking the Chateau Chambord with its collection of ornate, lofty chimneys perched on grey-tiled towers. All is supported on a huge white stone edifice (shown in one of the pictures on this Blog). Amazing, especially as it was such a folly. The surrounding parkland is partially a wildlife reserve and is open to the public; Great for walking and cycling. After our picnic we headed off toward Chiteau and 'made it up', bowling along forest roads surrounded by the sound of falling acorns.

We pedalled into Chaumont, and because John had an infected gnat bite we decided to call it a day. We popped the tent up in the pretty camp site beside the river qnd then mooched up the hill to see the local chateau and the splendid view from the top.

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