A Favorite Town
14 miles (23 km)
Total so far: 1,566 miles (2,520 km)
Ascent: 669 ft (204 m); Descent: 658 ft (200 m)
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This is the heart of the Chateau country. We had read about many routes one could ride through the neighboring countryside to see many chateaus. We had decided to do a circular route from a selection called the Pays des Chateaux. We had a small map in the guide book we possessed. But, we could not relate the route to where we were. Our map was too limited. As usual, the tourist offices were closed. With no other map of France, we could not find the route. Such a shame. It seems one must come prepared with all their itineraries as finding maps in the towns has been so difficult.
So the day was filled with bicycling along a scenic route. Some of the path was quite rough gravel. This was supposed to be an easy day of only 43 km but the rough surface on the roads in France are so slow that they make a laborious day out of even the flat. There was a climb into the hills onto a very desolate plateau.