We managed a much earlier start than usual this morning, leaving the campsite at Neufchateau at 8.45! However, we were slightly thwarted about 10 km down the road when something big hit our back wheel and we realised we’d broken 3 spokes!
It was at this point that John told me he’d never replaced a spoke before… We gave thanks to our good friends Christine, Dick and Lucy for reminding us to pack extra spokes and also to the lovely chap in Bexley Bikes who on discovering he didn’t have any spoke keys to sell, gave us one for free from his own tool kit. We then set about learning how to replace spokes… Turns out its not so hard and we were back on the road within half an hour.
Our next adventure of the day involved the Gendarmes. We has innocently set off up a road signposted towards the town we were headed for when we heard sirens behind us and realised they were for us! Turns out the road we were on turned into a motorway and cycles weren’t allowed on it.
We have been riding the ‘thermal route’ today where every town name ends in ‘les bains’ and has a thermal spring. We refilled our water bottles from a public fountain (see pic) and sampled some lovely cakes made with local honey. Said cakes were amusingly named Nonettes de Miel, which I think roughly translates to honey farts…!
So now we’re in Luxeil les Bains after a 110km day with lots of ascents and descents and beautiful scenery. The weather has been really beautiful in recent days, so much so that Rachel’s nose is almost the same colour as her top on the attached photo… (Better Banskside chaps, hope you’re impressed with how on brand I am 🙂
And tomorrow we head towards the Rhine for a hopefully flat approach into Zurich.