|8am start today, still dark as we left. Had to stop to fill our LPG gas bottle which was showing almost empty after lots of use of the gas fire & the fridge. By the way the fridge runs off the motorhome battery when we are driving along. LPG gas is nice & cheap & lots of petrol station sell it now so we plug in & fill up just like filling with diesel. Usually costs about £5 to fill our small 6kg bottle.
Another foggy start to the day but not as cold as it has been. We had decided to stop in Lyon for the night at a proper camp site in order to get a nice shower, fill up our water tank & empty the toilet cassette. We could do this on a Camping Aire but it's nice to have a bit more room in the shower & hopefully get an Internet connection.
The site we picked on the outskirts of Lyon turned out to be a real gem. The shower & toilet blocks were heated to sauna temperatures & we got internet access in our motorhome. Plus there was a bus stop just outside the site so we were able to hop on a bus into Lyon. We purchased day tickets which gave us access to the impressive transport system in the city & suburbs. So after a bit of a brunch we took a thirty minute bus ride to the main train station where we used the metro system to get to the Old Town. There we took the funicular railway up to the top of the hill overlooking the city.
I had loaded some geocache coordinates onto my phone so we tracked a couple of these around at the top of the hill & came across the ruins of an old Roman viaduct, a couple of very impressive Roman amphitheatres & a very impressive church set on the edge of the cliff overlooking the old & new city. Then another funicular train ride down to the old town for a couple more caches & a cathedral before crossing over the Saone river onto the island like area between the two rivers that split the city. The Saone is to the West & the Rhone to the East & they combine to form the one river to the South of Lyon.
We crossed the Rhone late afternoon to get to the Chinese area where we found a small restaurant & had dinner. We did wander around a bit more but it was getting late so we hopped a tram back to the metro station & on to the bus station for the ride back to the site. Only regret was we didn't get to ride on one of the trolley buses that run in the city. As I said, a very impressive transport network.
Mileage today - 95
Total Mileage to date - 693