18 July, Semur En Auxois to Sancerre, 154 kms

All I can say right now about today is … hard, and the longest distance I’ve cycled in one (1) day.

More later, but this is the link for today – http://app.strava.com/rides/13752698

Today’s ride was always going to be hard, with more than seven (7) climbs, and 154 kms distance. It was hot, but not as hot as we had experienced in Italy, but still I drank probably eight (8) bottles of water during the day.

The ride was beautiful tough, through vineyards, and farm lands.

Our hotel for the evening was Sancerre, on top of a mountain which we had to climb right at the end of the day. The guides continually offered to take us up in the two (2) support vans, and while some took that option, the ANZUS group decided to make the climb, or at least attempt it. It was two (2) kms at varying 10% – 17%, and I managed to achieve about one (1) kilometre before I had to get off and walk, it had been a very long day and I was simply exhausted. I was nevertheless disappointed, but at the same time felt a great sense of exhilaration at the effort I put in today – a personal best distance with many climbs most of which were tough for everyone.

Sancerre is a beautiful hilltop town and castle and I hope to come back one day to enjoy it, rather than see it through a set of very tired eyes. I could only manage the main course and then went off to bed.

This is a link to Sancerre, a town well known it seems for wine – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sancerre


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4 Responses to 18 July, Semur En Auxois to Sancerre, 154 kms

  1. michael says:

    seven climbs, 154 klm’s 10 -17% WOW YOU SHOULD BE VERY VERY PROUD, NOT DISAPPOINTED – we are very impressed – makes the river loop seem or so so,
    we had a coffee for you this morning, feeling very comfortable and confident in the knowledge washing our clothes and/ or ourselves would not be a drama.!!! looking forward to hearing all the stories when you get back.
    Lyn and Michael

    • missbianchiandme says:

      all good lyn and michael, easier ride today into fontainebleau. we are all loooking forward to riding into paris tomorrow

  2. michael says:

    riding in too paris eh! i will look for you next to bradley! i assume he will let you wear his yellow jersey – you deserve it with all that effort you have put in – well done – lyn & i wish you every blessing – not too much champagne now again will look for you on the sbs highlights of the week –
    lyn & i did the sat & sun ride – slow but we got there – cameron turned 40 & we all went to the pineapple hotel – bye for now

    • missbianchiandme says:

      hi lyn and michael – it’s 11.40 am and I’m lying in bed – I’m tired and today is the first day I can do whatever I like without having any scheduled items so I’m taking some time for a rest.
      It’s a beautiful sunny and clear day in Paris – I’ll go out later this afternoon. john w

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