Thursday, 24 September 2015

Cycling Canal du Centre to Paray-le-Monial

Wednesday 23rd September 2015

A cloudy and decidely cool start (9C) to the day.

It does not improve much, cloudy and cool (14C), until 17:00, at which point, sunshine.

We explore Digoin, which is much bigger than we thought, but, it would appear mostly closed for the season.

Thursday 24th September 2015

A misty start to the day, but, by 9:30, the sun is beginning to burn off the mist, and a sunny day is promised.

It does indeed turn out sunny, by 11:00, it is a warm and sunny 20C, with 23C in the afternoon.

This prompts Kathleen to think about (clothes) washing!

What is it with women, sunshine = clothes washing and drying, when, it should be sunshine = fun?
In the event, Kathleen has her fix of clothes washing, by which time, the sun has burned off the mist, and we are "all systems GO" for cycling.

It would appear several people on the site are of like mind, our German neighbours pedal off, whilst we are still getting ourselves ready, and, our English neighbours Jerry and Norma.

Eventually, we are off too.

Kathleen is in fine pedalling form, and, we overtake our German neighbours at the first lock.

We do not catch up with Jerry and Norma until we reach Paray-le-Monial, some ten miles away. It should be pointed out, Jerry and Norma may be a little older than we are, but, they are on electric bikes!
Paray-le-Monial is a very pleasant place, with a beautifully restored Basilica.

While looking for a place to have lunch, we chance upon Jerry and Norma, who are on the same quest.

It transpires we may have met someone who is even more picky about food than Kathleen! We find that Norma's mother came from Blyth, in Northumberland, given their complex list of things they do not eat, I theorise, they may be related! 

Soon we are having a very pleasant lunch at a small cafe in the centre of town.

The French know how to relax!

The round trip is a commendable 24 miles, rounded off with sitting in the sun, drinking a cool beer.

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