Cycling along the Loire in Autumn

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The last time we were on our bikes was when we cycled from Ybbs to Grein in Austria on October 3rd. Jean Michel has cleaned them and we have put away all our gear but an unusually warm sunny day with 20°C maximum is predicted so we decide to make the most of it. We drive the three kilometers along the Loire to François Mitterand Bridge, cross over and park along the banks of the Loire, just next to the bike path. It’s about 3 pm.

Starting point on the other side of Mitterand Bridge

Starting point on the other side of Mitterand Bridge

We can’t get over how balmy it is. I keep having to get off my bike to take photos. The light is wonderful and the sky is a beautiful blue.

First view of Saint Nicolas and the castle

First view of Saint Nicolas and the castle

The castle and cathedral reflected in the Loire

The castle and cathedral reflected in the Loire

Gabriel Bridge

Gabriel Bridge

The modern church on the other side of the bridge

The modern church on the other side of the bridge

We continue along the new bike path towards Saint Dyé that takes us past Château Menars.

Château de Menars

Château de Menars

Then on past the pretty little village of Cour-sur-Loire which you may remember we reached via bike ferry during the summer.

The church in Cour-sur-Loire

The church in Cour-sur-Loire

The village of Cour-sur-Loire

The village of Cour-sur-Loire

We have our pause at the picnic table just opposite Cour-sur-Loire, then turn back- 25 kilometers and 1 hour 40 minutes of sheer pleasure.

The picnic table with acorns and an old boat

The picnic table with acorns and an old boat

 

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4 Responses to Cycling along the Loire in Autumn

  1. You’ve still got ideal conditions. Beautiful shots!
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  2. Helen says:

    What a perfect day. So glad the bicycles were retrieved. Magic sky and reflections and I am delighted by your last photo. Our magnificent jacarandas are boosting my spirits.
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    • Rosemary Kneipp says:

      Yes, I’ve been seeing lots of jacaranda photos on Facebook. We were lucky to experience them last time we were in Australia.

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