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Journal for 22-September-2004 : Veraray-Les-Laumes

Another cool wet morning, and most of the camping gear is soaking wet again. On the plus side the repairs to my bike's frame seem to have worked OK.

A few hills to start the day, but then wonderful cycling in the bright sunshine along the picturesque Ouche River valley. Made all the better by something of a rarity, a cracking tailwind!

We cycled under and interesting stone viaduct rail bridge, then a whopping up and over climb on a quiet narrow country lane. Just the one truck, and lots of local cyclists on this road. It's amazing what the prospect of being overtaken by two middle aged overloaded tourists can do for a racing cyclist's training motivation.

The descent into and down the Oze River valley was brilliant. 10K continuous gentle downhill, with swooping curves and magnificent scenery.

At the base of they valley we cycled the main rail line to Dijon, and the main freight line south. Every few minutes another train load of little put-put Renaults headed south to Italy.

Enjoyed a nice meal at a local restaurant for tea. Gee France can be hard to take!

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