Looking for the silver lining: Clouds on the horizon.

Who would have thought the weather would be so different? Not me, but when I got up this morning there were no clouds in the sky. Sue was on me immediately after coffee to get out and stop the bitching about the bad weather. So off I went, thinking I might not be able to reply to this month’s challenge but taking the camera along just in case. It was sunny, but oh the wind! Howling down from the North Sea, it made getting to the center of the village a trial. The temp hovered around zero and my winter riding gear was only just adequate to keep me from suffering hypothermia. And to add to the discomfort my saddle seemed to have slipped back a hair. I made a stop in the center of Gevrey to adjust it, but I didn’t succeed at getting the angle right. Further along the way at Vosne Romanée I stopped again to try to get it right, but this time I didn’t get the adjusting bolt tight enough and it got worse. Finally I went to the railway station in Corgoloin where I could get out of the wind and keep my hands warm and I got it adjusted to the right angle.

With the wind pushing me along, I made it to Beaune in plenty of time for lunch, which was a roast pork sandwich on ciabatta with lettuce, bacon, and feta cheese.

After lunch I cruised southward and lo, the clouds started to form over the cote.

I stopped in Puligny-Montrachet to take this picture. In the background you can just make out the neighboring village of Chassagne -Montrachet. Nice fluffy clouds above the cote, not the dark rain-filled ones we’ve had so much of lately.

Not wanting to face the wind, I continued on to Chagny and the path along the canal du centre. On into Chalon-sur-Saone where I decided to try a new route through town. I stumbled upon a couple of pre-world war I houses and they had some fancy (for the period) architecture.

I love the Art Nouveau style, so II was glad I came this way. This house was built in 1913.

From Chalons I was going to take the train home; but there wouldn’t be one until four o’clock and the wind had pushed me along so fast that it had only gone half past two. There was, however an express train leaving for Dijon, so I took it and rode home, with the wind, from there.

km: 86

Old fogy from France. Rides bikes and eats.

11 response to "Looking for the silver lining: Clouds on the horizon."

  1. By: The Navigator Posted: January 3, 2019

    What a nice ride 🙂 Glad you got a break from all the rain and you’ve got the trains to help in ride logistics.

    • By: Bikerdockeith Posted: January 4, 2019

      Hi Em,
      Its still clear cold and windy today. Back in Minnesota it was worse, though. You’d freeze going WITH the wind.

  2. By: NancyG Posted: January 3, 2019

    Interesting ride, wind and all! Love the gate in the house photo. Must say — you are braver thatn I to ride in such high winds! Nice that you could get out on a dry day though.

    • By: Bikerdockeith Posted: January 4, 2019

      Hi Nancy,
      No such thing as bad weather, only poor clothing choices. Or so “they” say. I look for Art Nouveau houses whenever I am in a new spot. I think they are really cool, but they must have cost a fortune back in the day, and are now prized by their owners.

    • By: Bikerdockeith Posted: January 4, 2019

      Hi Janet,
      Well, its sure not Monterrey. But cabin fever sets in if I don’t get out, so on go the layers.

  3. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: January 4, 2019

    These days 0C or 32F is considered rideable — assuming (heh) the wind isnt blowing like you had.
    That is one great looking bicycle!!

    • By: Bikerdockeith Posted: January 4, 2019

      Hi Rich,
      Ridable, and if going with the wind, very fast!
      Thanks for the comment. My new bike now has over 1000 km on it, but it still looks good.

  4. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: January 4, 2019

    I like that idea of using trains to enable a ride with the wind from and back to home. If only we had passenger trains in Tassie.

  5. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: January 5, 2019

    Art Nouveau style is cool and very French. I’ve seen some nice leadlights in that style. Good on you for braving the cold for our reading pleasure.

  6. By: Bill Stone Posted: January 6, 2019

    Nice clouds and nice ride in the wind, Keith.

    Once upon a time in Illinois I met two guys who liked to do “Gone with the Wind” rides. When the forecast predicted the wind would be howling out of the west all day long (not unusual around there), they would ride east across the prairie and go as far as possible, then have their wives drive over to pick them up and haul them back home. No passenger trains around there, so sometimes it’s important to have an ace support crew!

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