Friday, 16 September 2016

Saverne, Plombieres-les-Bains

Thursday, 15th September 2016

It could not last, just as the weather forecast said it would, hot sunshine comes to an end. Cloudy and a cool 20C, with a stiff breeze and then, eventually, in the afternoon rain.

A last ride out on the scooter, amazingly, at Kathleen's request, she is REALLY getting into this "bike chick" thing!

Trailer all packed up with bikes, scooter, ready for our departure tomorrow.

Friday, 16th September 2016

Cloudy and cool as we leave Saverne, and then, steady rain as we travel South.

We have taken a novel approach today, we checked out, and even discussed, the route, using Sat-Nav, Map, and Google. 

We chose the Google Maps prefered route, no problems, peace and harmony all the way.

The rain stops and the sun emerges as we arrive at Au Fraiteaux, Plombieres-les-Bains/Ruaux, N47 57'55" E6 24'59". The sunshine does not last however, by evening, it is pouring with rain.

Au Fraiteaux is an ASCI site, 15Euro / night.

We pass through Plombieres-les-Bains, en-route to the campsite. It is a Harrogate (North Yorkshire) look alike, very pleasant.

The site is in a village (Ruaux) approximately 4km outside of Plombieres-les-Bains, definitely not cycling country, as far as Kathleen is concerned, there are very big hills!

Ruaux is a pleasant, sleepy little place, but, the only shop, bar, cafe, appear to be at the campsite. The only functioning "service" in the village appears to be a very well kept church.

The jury is out (ie, that translates as "Kathleen has not decided"), as to, if we stay here more than overnight. If we do, the scooter will have to be pressed into service to get around.

The "main" street of the village, is decorated with bunting, suggesting that some event has just taken place, or, is about to take place. Given the lack of any shops, bars or cafes, it is difficult to imagine what form such an event will take!

The journey, as it unfolds

This portion of the trip, in video.

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