Hi folks. Boy, am I getting behind on these posts. So to catch up a little, I have two rides to talk about. The first ride was actually last week on the 8th (Thursday). The day started out foggy.
I usually don’t like to ride with such poor visibility, but the sun was starting to burn off the vapors, and I do have good lights on the bike and a fluorescent vest to put on me, so I chanced it. Sure enough, in a few minutes the fog lifted. Its amazing how fast it can burn off sometimes. Fall is well and truly upon us and what few maples we do have are getting redder by the minute.
I wanted to show you the tree in my garden which is an Amur River maple, but the fog kept it in the shade. I would have photographed my tree, but by the time I got home, the wind had stripped the leaves off it. These trees are along the canal near Dijon and are the same species, so I’ll show them to give you an idea.
I rode to Beaune where I got a sandwich for lunch then continued south to Auxey Duresses. I called in at my friend Tom’s house, but he was out running errands, so I took the road up into the hills to La Rochepot.
On the way, I took this picture of the hill sides with the trees showing some color. There is a stand of Sycomore maples near center frame showing some red.
The village of Orches is perched under the cliffs near the top. My ride will take me up to the same height, but not to the same village.
At the summit I cross a busy highway and descend to a cycle path which will let me coast all the way to Santenay. Then is a short pedal to Chagny where I stop for tea.
I had this shot all lined up so my bike would appear in the frame beyond the window. But the barkeeper moved into the shot just as I snapped the picture, so you’ll have to imagine my new red bike behind her. It wasn’t until I got home that I noticed the problem.
Anyway, I rode back to Beaune, and as the hour was growing late, I caught the train back to Gevrey.
Date: Nov. 8, 2018
Tea consumed: 2 cups.
Yesterday it was sunny again so I felt I should take advantage of it while I could. The wind was blowing hard from the south, so I set off in that direction. At times it was a real struggle against the breeze, but the warm temperatures made up for it. When I got to Brazey-en-Plaine, I stopped for a breather.
The plane trees have all been pruned back for the winter in front of the mairie. Across the street I went to the café and ordered a small coffee.
This may be the last time this year that I can sit outside for coffee without freezing. The bank thermometer said 21°, unheard of for a 12th of November!
Going to St. Jean de Losne for lunch I had to really buck the wind, which by now was blowing at about 50 kph. I went into the only restaurant serving lunch and ordered the daily special, salad with hot goat cheese, Escalope of turkey breast in mushroom sauce, rice and cauliflower, and pear tart for dessert. Feeling rather full, I let the wind blow me north to Genlis, first along the river (the Saone) and then through the forest of Longchamp. In Longchamp; I stopped again to munch an energy bar in from of the church.
The plane trees here have been allowed (forced?) to grow together forming living arches over the pavement. With the leaves down and the trees pruned its easy to see the branches grown into each other. The wind finally got to me, so in Genlis I caught the train to Dijon where I changed for the train to Gevrey.
Date: Nov. 12, 2018
Coffee consumed: one cup.