We’re off again in 15 days. Tessa’s in better shape than I am, but the first few days should not be difficult. We ended last year’s ride in Chalons-sur-Saone, but find it much more convenient to start from Dijon this year, about 50 km further north. The cycling distance is the same and we meet up with the main route by night 2. With Trip Advisor and similar sites, all the best lodgings sell out far in advance, and along Lake Constance, night 10, almost all lodgings were already full when I made all the reservations in December.
The numbered nights on the maps below will give an overview of our plans. We’ll discuss and photograph the stops as the trip unfolds. We almost always be alongside rivers and canals – except for day, from Lake Constance (der Bodensee) to the Danube (die Donau), when we will climb 1400 feet over a ridge.
I had hoped to learn a bit more German. From Basel on, that is, the second week of this trip, and for all of next year’s ride, German is die Muttersprake (the mother language). Tessa doesn’t speak German at all, but she’s a quick learner.
Our first night is in Gevrey-Chambertin, a village famed for its great Burgundy. We’ll post again from there, or soon afterwards.