Richard’s birthday so all day was his celebration. After breakfast Gaylene, Ian, Richard and I rode UP the hill and into the centre of Chaumont to see the incredible railway viaduct built in 1856. It has 3 level of arches (50 arches per level) and is 600m long. A beautiful structure in the morning mist. Back to the hotel where the others were waiting patiently for us.
The first 30km or so were along the canal. It was beautiful cycling and plenty to see with the lock keepers opening bridges and operating locks for the working and pleasure barges.
Stopped at Rolampont for a pâtisserie and a bar next to the canal.
Finally left the canal for a seriously steep climb up to the very old walled city of Langres. Lunch in a park., pilgrim credentiali stamped in the cathedral then a ride around on top of the remparts before leaving the lovely town.
Rest of the ride was on busy-ish roads that constantly undulated. Hard work at times in the high temperature. but the countryside was lovely.
The others rode ahead to our destination action whilst Tom and I had a few breaks in the shade. On entering Champlitte we chatted with a mountain bike rider who advised on the best route for tomorrow.
Evening was spent having g a nice birthday meal in the hotel with Richard where we presented him with a french birthday card and organised to have candles put on his dessert back to the room after dinner for celebration bottle of cider.
Distance Today. 94km Total Distance 311km
Elevation Gain 744m
Weather. Foggy for a start then really pleasant weather. Quite hot in the afternoon. 27C
Hôtel Henri 1V
Picnic lunch and 4 course evening menu at hotel for €24.50
Delicious salad , salmon, cheeses , ice-cream
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