Cycling along the Canal d’Orléans for the next 5 days. We were going to do part of the Loire à Velo cyclepath but a lot of it seemed to be on main roads – the canal is all on cyclepath and takes you through lovely countryside along an unused canal.
Orléans is a bit of a strange place – there was some bombing damage in WW2 so it’s a mish mash architecturally, going from ugly post war blocks of flats to beautifully restored old buildings – but it’s also got a strange atmosphere. Or maybe a lack of atmosphere. After St Chapelle in Paris, the church was nothing special – but then not much would be :).
We hired bikes – I got a sit-up-and-beg type of thing without any suspension. I was a bit concerned but Neil said it would be fine. Neil has a proper hybrid (with suspension). This wasn’t important on Day 1 but would be by Day 5.
Cycled 50km along the Loire and then the canal to a little place called Lorris. All day we bowled along either by water or through the deserted countryside – beautiful. Lunch was a tarte aux lardons and a patisserie, by a canal lock in the middle of nowhere.
Conked out immediately my head hit the pillow to be woken at 5am by the local council out watering the village flowers in the dark, followed by beer lorry deliveries, followed by garbage collection. It was charming, sort of :):)