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Jun 19, 2016 - Baume les Messieurs

Weather: dull and grey but with a hint of clearing Today we headed just north of Lons-le- Saunier to the village of Baume-les-Messieurs. We were in for a great day. We drove past the Lac de Chalain stopping at a number of viewpoints. In sunshine it would have looked spectacular. We continued on to Baume-les-Messieurs by now the sun was starting to appear. Before descending into the village we stopped at a viewpoint. We discovered that the village was located in a spectacular box canyon. Descending into the village we found a beautiful...

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Jun 17, 2016 - Salins-les-Bains and Arbois

We headed out today to go to Salins-les-Bains this time we didn’t get side-tracked via some of the local lakes The town was originally both a thermal spa town and also a town where they mined and produced salt. In its day it would have been quite an impressive town. In typical French style it was kind of shabby. We would have taken the salt mine tour but they only did tours in French at this time of year and only had a leaflet in English to go round the museum! We are convinced the French haven’t woken up to tourism and that other than...

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Jun 16, 2016 - Two gorges and a walk

We headed out to visit Poligny and Salins-les-Bains but got side-tracked when we saw signs to the Gorges de la Langoutte. Here we found a splendid small gorge with plenty of water rushing through it. After exploring that gorge we then continued on to the Cascade de la Billaude. Again another waterfall in full spate. Unfortunately, Daisy slipped on one of the metal steps and damaged one of her front claws but seemed to be OK except some blood. We then drove through small villages and found a place called Pert de l’Ain a hydroelectric set up...

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Jun 15, 2016 - Cascades du Herisson or Herisson Falls

The weather was forecast to improve during the day despite starting out grey and damp. We decided to visit the main attraction in the Jura Mountains the Cascades du Herisson or Herisson Falls. From the bottom of the falls we took a well-marked path which ascended through the gorge 255m and passed 7 waterfalls. The first, Eventail, and second, Grand Saut, waterfalls dropped 65m and 60m respectively. Due to the amount of recent rain the waterfalls were magnificent although the walk up and back was a good cardiac workout! The photos are better...

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Jun 14, 2016 - Two days of rain!

We thought it was June! We had two days of rain. We did sort out our route out not returning via the 13% hill and explored the local shops and found the local tourist information centre. We found two interesting museums in Clairvaux-les-Lacs. One was the Museum des Marquette’s a nourrir et courir le monde. Marcel Yerly a local farmer created throughout his life over 100 scale model machines of all sorts, handmade in wood some up to 3 metres in length. The details of the models of cars, farm equipment and American locomotives were amazing...

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Jun 12, 2016 - Heading south into the Jura Mountains

Today we headed south again this time into to the Jura mountains. The weather was a bit mixed for our journey but we had been able to close up and tanks dump in the dry. The main part of the journey was straight forward. However, when we got to Lons-Le-Saunier we had to make a choice which road we took to Clairvaux-les-Lacs. One sign said caravans one way and the other said trucks the other way. Due to our size we always take the truck route but we queried why they were making the distinction. We soon found out as we climbed a 13% incline...

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Jun 9, 2016 - Day 6 Cycle tour. Clerval to Montbéliard

Overview A pleasant day of riding in very nice weather. One storm approached but only a few heavy drops fell as we sheltered in a convenient bus shelter. Nice green scenery as we rode along the valley floor with hills/limestone walls either side. Route Via the EuroVelo 6 route Distance 45km Weather Beautiful. 23C. Except for one threatening thunderstorm which just missed us Breakfast Provided in last night's accommodation. Delicious fruit, homemade jams, ham, fruit juice Rice galettes for me. Morning tea A stop in a little town along...

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Jun 8, 2016 - Day 5 Cycle tour Besançon to Clerval

Overview What can I say... It was a very wet day. We set off in the rain and it just got heavier. Out on our shoe protectors (VeloToze ) and they were great with keeping shoes and feet dry. At one stage we had to wait in a bus shelter for about 30min until the rain eased. Leanne took the opportunity for a tea in a nearby cafe. Again followed the Doubs or its canals for most of the day. Although there were some short steep climbs today. Had a very late picnic lunch in Baume les Dames on the terrace of a canal boat stop restaurant. Chatted to...

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Jun 7, 2016 - Day 4 Dole to Besançon

Overview Another lovely day of cycling, mostly along the Doubs valley A yummy breakfast in the chambre D'Hotes then some bike cleaning and maintenance before we set off. Mostly along the canals and rivers with a bit across country thru villages. Met a guy (Peter) along the way who cycled with us to Besançon. Checked into appt hotel and were pleased to find a washing machine. No hand washing tonight!! Besançon seems to have interesting architecture. Nice feel to the city. Route Dole, then on to Besançon via the EuroVelo route 6, along...

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Jun 6, 2016 - Day 3 Dijon to Dole/ Jouhe

Overview A long day even if we didn't ride very far. Mostly followed 2canals until the last bit through Dole. First canal was 30 km of very rough riding. Great to get to the end of it. Route Dijon to St Jean de Losne via the Bourgogne Canal. Then north to Dole via the river Saone then another canal on the Eurovelo 6 route Distance 69km Weather Beautiful all day. Even a little too hot out of the shade. Breakfast The usual in the room Morning tea None! Lunch Picnic by the side of canal under the shade of a grain loader! Dinner In a Western...

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Sep 20, 2014 - First Day after the Flight

Today we got off the plane and got our little Fiat 500. Picture of her will come one of these days. We drove on the toll road because we needed to get to our first bed and breakfast and sleep. We took a few detours saw some great country ate at a local restaurant and were amazed at how much everyone could eat and they were all thin,,,,,I am so glad we had the GPS or we would have never found our place to sleep it was so far off the map but little Garmenia came through. Our bed and breakfast was a beautiful old chateau like home. We had very...

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Apr 24, 2012 - First few days of trip (april 24-26)

First off I just want to let everyone know that I will (or will be trying to) update my blog every sunday from now on So far the trip has been really awesome and exciting which says it alot since the weather hasnt been too great and my body is painfully getting used to the life on the road. The first day  was rainy, windy, and chilly and my bike didnt not want to bw friendly( poor gear shifting, chain cracking, and wobbly tire) I however managed to ride to neuchatel which was a very beautiful ride through the country  and along Lake...

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