Tour de France travel blog

The market in Chalonnes

Some of the interesting artwork

Couldn't resist a group shot of Canucks at the stone beaver

More artwork

Large kilns for extracting lime from limestone

The cathedral at Monjean sur Loirre

Across from our hotel

A fairly uneventful 43 km ride today. Weather continues to be cool and breezy, but no rain. We spent almost the entire day following the Loire. Al is riding a new bike – they swapped his old one with broken cranks the evening before. (Al claims the cranks were worn out due to the incredible torque he was applying)

We encountered our first “level two” hill – and almost all of us ended up walking our bikes near the end. (Al claims he didn’t.)

Highlight of the day was the large market in Chalonnes – 100+ vendors spread out over about 8 blocks. Everything from eels to live chickens.

We arrived at our hotel ahead of our luggage, so Al and Lorne explored the small (and unexciting town) just across the river, and then cycled back to Monjean Sur Loire to have a look at the cathedral perched on top of hill, which also offered panoramic views of the valley. The town also had some interesting artwork.

We are trying to figure out why this place is part of our tour. There is no chateau, and virtually nothing to do. For all of the other destinations, the trip notes contain suggestions of what to do in each city. For Le Mesnil en Vallee, there is nothing!

No matter – a quiet afternoon went over well, and dinner at our hotel was very good.

We have learned a few French lessons. Today’s was: Don’t try and say English words with a French accent in the hope that the person across the counter might better understand you. “Do you have Internet” was interpreted by the desk clerk as “Do you have a toilet”!


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