Travelled: 34 kilometres from Charleville-Mézières to Revin both in France.
Stayed: Revin Municipal Aire, free. The usual services. N49.94020, E04.63919
It was a bit of a noisy night at the marina aire in Charleville-Mézières. The occasional car isn’t a problem but some goose decided on playing duff, duff music across the way about 2 am. Anyway he went off to spread joy elsewhere after 30 minutes or so with peace and sleep returning.
We have a couple of days up our sleeve, so rather than risk another restless night we decide to head north into the western Ardennes. The Ardennes is the great forest that runs across part of northern France, lower Belgium to Germany. We service the Hymer and head north. I have set the co-ordinates for an aire in Montherme on La Meuse River. The reviews are excellent, but unfortunately it’s full when we arrive. As its the weekend most people wouldn’t be going anywhere at this stage of the afternoon.
So we continue on another 15 kilometres to Revin, also on the La Meuse.
We arrive at Revin finding the Aire easily enough. It all looks relatively new and everyone has a little bit of grass.
We settle in, the chairs come out. Mind you I would give the grass a cut. The view across La Meuse is not as nice as Monthermé, but is free here. Monthérme aire was €3.50
Having a BBQ certainly encouraged some new friends to pop over.
Next morning we don’t bother to drag ourselves out of bed too early, we wait till the sun shines through the mist. Then we get the bikes out.
There is a laundramat outside the adjacent supermarket, so we throw a load in whilst we have coffee and croissants.
After a very difficult time finding the start of the cycle path we are on our way. This section of the path follows La Meuse. In some sections a river in others it divides into a canal with ecluse or lock and weir creating the divide.
This leisurely ride is somewhat dangerous as its difficult to focus on the path. At this time of year the autumn 🍂 colours are vivid.
We ride for the next 15 kilometres hoping to find a little bar/cafe that has an advertisment poster on every second tree only to find its closed for the season. No matter the Hymer is well stocked with Lidl beer and wine purchased at an economical price.
Another lovely French village we pass on our way back to Revin.
We stop for a moment on the Pont in Revin to take this photo of the marina in Revin and La Meuse as we cycle back to the Aire. It has been a lovely late autumn afternoon and well worth tired legs.
Once the bike are away its time for a little nap…the rest of the day just drifts away.