Well, folks, its been a long time coming, but it seems like we have finally turned the corner on spring. Today the sun was in full evidence and the temperatures were finally getting comfortable enough to ride without adding enough layers to cut off circulation in the extremities. Its not like I haven’t been on a bike, but I figured that I have said about all there is to say about riding to the bakery and back every morning for bread. So let’s go for a nice long ride!
The old roman road is starting to dry out, but it may be many weeks before its passible in the low spots. Marcus Agrippa preferred to use fords over small streams rather than bridges to keep the costs down and to speed road construction as he prepared to defend the frontiers of the empire against the barbarian hoards.
There is still a lot of standing water in the fields. This will doubtless affect crop yields later in the year.
The river Vouge is back in its banks, but still really full.
When I get to St. Jean de Losne, its just gone noon, so in keeping with the rules of the CLC, I start looking for a place to spend some money. How can one resist a menu like this? Everything fresh and made to order.
I choose a roadside table with a view over the Saone. The peniches are still in winter quarters on the far bank. Some of these will voyage this summer, while others are semi-permanent floating homes.
I chose pavé du thon à la citronelle et sesame, tuna steak in citronella and sesame sauce, on a bed of braised cabbage. Delicious. I followed that with a tarte tatin, apple upside-down cake, and coffee.
After lunch I crossed the river and headed up the Saone on the far bank to Auxonne, where I re-crossed the river. I was soon passed by a young racer out motor-pacing behind a mobylette mo-ped.
Not a chateau, but the seat of local government in Athée.
On the ride home I stopped in Genlis to sit by the river Norge a while and watch the ducks and a swan. Still not a cloud in the sky and all in all a rather perfect day.