After an excellent night sleep and a leisurely breakfast Lyn and I were ready for our fist ride of the holiday. We decided to cycle a section of the Loire a Velo towards Tours. We had a head wind all the way to Tours. The benefit was only felt when we turned round and had a 4mph increase in speed for our journey back.
The route was along minor roads combined with dedicated sections of bike paths. It initially followed the Loire but then ran alongside the Lot past the chateaux at Villandry and thought the pretty village of Savonnieres. We turned around on the outskirts of Tours and stopped in Savonnieres for lunch. As we approached the town we stopped for a photo of the river near a small creperie and decided to stop for lunch. We enjoyed a savoury galette and a Grande café au maison. Our pass sanitaiere was not required to be shown. The route was popular with cyclists , walkers and even man with a dog sledge but not so popular it spoils the enjoyment of the ride. We returned to the house around 15:30 . We need something for tea so had a short drive to Chinon past the Chateaux d’Usse . A large Le Clerc was located on the edge of town and after filling up with diesel Lyn sensibly waited in the car whilst Robert and Louise purchased something for tea and a few other provisions.
We drove back to the house stopping at the chateaux for photos. The outdoor grill was put to good use cooking a selection of pork kebabs and large field mushrooms. We sat outside to eat, finishing the complementary bottle of wine we had been given. Desert was tarte du Citron for Louise and raspberry tarts for Lyn and Robert. As the evening cooled we retired inside and caught up with some YouTube canal bloggers.
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