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.