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We left the AirBnB this morning quite late around 10 o’clock I had set up the bikes yesterday and made sure that they were all oiled and the gears readjusted I thank Rob at Pedalheads Bike Shop Knaresbrough for the instructions on how to adjust the gears. I watched your video Rob – hugely appreciated.

Further appreciation of maintenance revision with Rob later in this post.

We had a plan to cycle to Dijon over 2 days. Then we met Laura and Max a couple of days ago and listened to their advice. They extolled the virtues of cycling on Canal de Burgoyne. We are pleased we took their advice.

We cycled about 8 miles from Tonnerre to join the canal. It has theoretically added a day to our journey to Dijon but it is worth it for the quiet route, the beautiful wildlife and the people we met.

Wildlife spot of the day, the flash of a kingfisher, no photo as we only saw him for a moment. Second place to Monsieur Heron. Who was glorious.

We rode past a beautiful avenue of trees at one point this is what streets should look like!

We stopped for cider at a house by a lock. The cider was sweet and refreshing and home made. Perfect for a warm day and a long ride.

Cider with Tracey

I could have stayed here and drunk the cider for a few more hours but we had to push on and I didn’t want to ride into a canal inebriated!

We stopped about an hour later for a drink and we’re approached by 2 ladies who asked for help with a flat front tyre on one of their e-bikes. Colette and Jeanine are cycling towards Tonnerre and were very pleasant people whom we had to help. Rob – thank you once again! I used that tyre glider thingy with good effect. It was an easy patch of the inner tube but the tyre was a bizarre thing that rolled up on itself like non I’ve ever seen before. Any way we got there in the end.

Colette and Jeanine behind and to Tracey’s right

The rest of our journey was uneventful and we arrived at the campsite in Venarey Les Laumes about 17:30 hours. We pitched the tent and ate our dinner. We are planning on an early night tonight.

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