Tour de France travel blog

Leaving Le Mesnil en Vallee

Can't remember the name of this village!

Chapel in Notre Dame du Marillais

Still canoodling!

Chateau at Ancenis

Caught in the rain

Chateau d'Outon

View from Champtoceaux.


A very easy, leisurely 42 km ride today. Knowing we had only a short distance to go, we slept in for an extra half hour, had a leisurely breakfast, and then cycled at a bit of a slower pace than our norm. We picked up our lunch and pastries in St. Florent Le Viele, and then cycled through a very agricultural area – mostly cattle and corn. Very few grapes or sunflowers. It was very picturesque, and except for a 20 minute shower the weather was a bit better than it has been in the last few days.

We came across a beautiful chapel in Notre Dame du Marillais, and had our pastries shortly thereafter in a gorgeous park just outside Ancenis. Once we entered Ancenis we made a beeline for the closest placed that served cappuccino and watched life go by for a while. A quick stop at the local chateau, and we headed for Oudon, where we stopped for lunch and sat out a rain shower. Then it was uphill to have a look at the Chateau d’Outon.

Shortly thereafter we crossed the Loire, went up a long, steep hill, and arrived at our destination, the very small village of Champtoceaux. We are basically atop a large cliff, with wonderful panoramic views of the Loire Valley.

After a quick hydration break, we toured the town, including the remains of an ancient citadel, and enjoyed an excellent dinner at the hotel.



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