Two coffeeneuring rides for the price of one (post).

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

Kilometers: 103

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

Kilometers: 73

Coffee consumed: one cup.



Old fogy from France. Rides bikes and eats.

11 response to "Two coffeeneuring rides for the price of one (post)."

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: November 13, 2018

    Beautiful colors, sorry we missed seeing your tree.
    Photobombed, but at least the floor is clean. 🙂
    Cold here too, way too cold for 13 Nov, as you said.
    When I first saw the pruned plane trees, I thought Dang! That is some Severe pruning!
    Then I looked up the how and why of it — new growth is thick, rapid and long, and provides shade the following summer.
    Cool looking sculptures in the mean time.
    Just been ‘driving’ around Gevrey on Google Maps — very nice, and beautiful surrounding landscape.
    Google didnt bother much with Hoopeston — imagine that! 🙂

  2. By: Bikerdockeith Posted: November 13, 2018

    Hi Rich,
    The trees around here are usually pruned like that. And it does work like you’ve said. Nice shade in the summer.
    Sorry to imply that it was cold. We use degrees Celsius, not Fahrenheit. So 21 is warm for us, about 69 degrees F.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: November 13, 2018

      21C sounds much better!

  3. By: Lah Posted: November 13, 2018

    I love the trees. Glad the leaves were gone because it would have been difficult for me to imagine as it is.

    • By: Bikerdockeith Posted: November 15, 2018

      “I like coffee, I like tea,
      I like the Java Jive and it likes me”…

  4. By: The Navigator Posted: November 15, 2018

    Those are certainly some very pleasant hills and some stunning colour. Do you normally have that much colour this late into November?

    • By: Bikerdockeith Posted: November 15, 2018

      Hi Em:
      See the next comment after yours in the blog post. Someday maybe I’ll figure out how to use this site!

  5. By: Bikerdockeith Posted: November 15, 2018

    Hi Em,
    Its getting increasingly hard to say just what “normal” is. The color is very late this year, maybe three weeks, but the harvest was early by about a month over historical norms. Climate change deniers, explain that!

    • By: gregblood Posted: November 15, 2018

      Yes! We had VERY LITTLE fall color this year.

  6. By: NancyG Posted: November 15, 2018

    Trees so interesting. I don’t recall seeing something like the arch formed by two trees marrying. Very nice to see how that happened while …. all the leaves are gone. And color is of course beautiful. Nice tea and coffeeneuring finish (I think).

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