Hi folks. I’ve been absent for a while doing some touring in the southwest near Bordeaux. Yes, I know that’s not necessarily YOUR southwest, but it’s mine, so that’s what I’m gonna call it. Anyway, you can find that on another website (Cycleblaze) along with the exploits of Scooter and Rocky and many of you have already done so which says worlds about your perspicacity and culture, but I digress.

I rode today specifically to try to answer the June challenge because a, I like a good challenge, and b, unlike May’s challenge I had something interesting, or at least I think its interesting, to contribute. The local paper Le Bien Public ,without which you cannot be informed about the comings and goings in the Cote d’Or, published a list last year of remarkable trees in the Cote d’Or. One of these remarkable trees just so happens to be in a village only a short ride from here, Chambolle-Musigny. So here is that tree: If you look close, you’ll just

This tree, a tilleul or what the English call a lime tree and the Americans a basswood, was planted under the reign of the first of the Valois kings of France, Henry IV. Yes, France had kings named Henry just like England, but only half as many, although we more than made up for it with Louis (18, counting Louis-Phillipe) and Charles (10 to England’s 2). Here’s the straight dope according to the sign near the tree: It says (for you non-francophones) that the tree is 17.5 meters tall or about seven stories and the circumference is 8.7 meters. What it doesn’t say is how it came to be planted and who recorded all the detail about this tree. Was it cored and the rings counted or did someone write down the time of the planting? Were there other trees planted at the same time? Well, I couldn’t find out. There might be someone out there with that knowledge, but its a mystery to me. It was a hot day, so after visiting the tree in Chambolle, I rode home to find a beer. Luckily for me there was one in the fridge, so there at least I had an answer.

Old fogy from France. Rides bikes and eats.

11 response to "Royal-Tree"

  1. By: Scooter Posted: June 29, 2018

    Basswood! I knew (but only recently) that this was also a linden, but I didn’t know it was also the basswood. Great post, and what funny timing – I was just about to post my own photo of a much less impressive lime/linden/basswood from Portland.

  2. By: gregblood Posted: June 29, 2018

    Hi Keith,

    Nice tree. Nicer history of that tree.

    Your Cycleblaze journal ended kind of abruptly. Is there more to come? More importantly, are my food pictures on their way?

    Your pal,


  3. By: Bill Stone Posted: June 29, 2018

    Challenge well met! I dub thee Keith I, King of the Linden and Emperor of All the Refrigerated Brews.

    • By: Bikerdockeith Posted: June 30, 2018

      Arise Sir Loin of Beef. I dub thee Duke of Ellington, Earl of Hines, Count of Basie, Satchmo of Armstrong. With apologies to Mel Blanc.


  4. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: June 30, 2018

    I will have to look at Cycle Blaze a bit more. I asked it to inform me when Scot put up a post and it said it would – but then forgot. So I forgot too. Must get back and try again.

    • By: Scooter Posted: June 30, 2018

      I don’t think the site sends you notifications of activity, even if you follow someone. Instead, it lists any new activity on the ‘what’s new’ page of My Cycleblaze.

  5. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: June 30, 2018

    South of France looks like cycle touring paradise, if I ever get on a plane again that’s where I go. I’ll check out your journal

    • By: Bikerdockeith Posted: June 30, 2018

      You would be most welcome.

  6. By: The Navigator Posted: June 30, 2018

    Very nice! Can they apply heritage orders or historical orders to trees to prevent them from being cut down there? Or are you civilised enough not to need such things since no one would ever even think about doing that?

    • By: Bikerdockeith Posted: June 30, 2018

      Hi Em,
      No, there is no special protection for trees. Those that are on public property are in the domaine of the Forestry Service, and they decide what can and cannot be cut. But trees are living things and all will eventually age and die. A particularly ancient and well loved oak in Dijon had to be cut down a year or so ago before it fell of its own (sadly) dead weight. Sic transit gloria mundi.

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