Travelled: 150 kilometres from Remiremont to Chaumont, France.
Visited: Marne-Rhein Canal, Chaumont
Stayed: Chaumont aire €7.50 all the usual services included. Washing and drying available. N48.11852, E05.15406
Leaving Remiremont with a new haircut and sim card we continue west, firstly on the N57 before turning onto the D417. We are determined to do as much travel in France off the motorways as possible this year. Avoiding the tolls and driving the villages as we do. If you need to be somewhere on time, the French D roads aren’t for you. Generally speaking there is a village every 5-8 kilometres requiring you to slow down, keep an eye out for speed cameras and the odd speed hump. The upside being all these pretty little places, unusual churchs, interesting war memorials and gardens.
You may wonder why we have returned to Chaumont ? While its a lovely town famous for its amazing railway viaduct, we have seen all that before. We have passed through this way to ride the cycle path (old tow path) along the canal. But that’s tomorrow’s adventure, we’ll settle for a walk up stream for a few kilometres this afternoon.
We wake to the sound of rain on the roof. Our cycle ride down the canal is looking a little shaky. Best go back to sleep and worry about it later, but by 9am, the rain appears steady. So we breakfast, Pam is chatting on messanger with the kids and I have another blog completed, 11am looms and its still raining. We get a little respite at one point and I take off the covers, fill the water tank and service the Hymer without getting soaked.
There’s always next year…so we start the Hymer and head off on our next adventure.