Sunny skies greeted us as we got out of our tent this morning. Andrea made a wonderful breakfast of eggs and coffee. We packed everything up and made use of the internet before hitting the road. The D60 road out of Chalons en Champagne was great with a bike path for part of it as we passed through Sarry and Pogny. We made it to La Chausee sur Marne and found a champagne maison (maker) that was open! We got a brief tour and were shown how the labeling machine worked. We bought a bottle to enjoy later! Champagne in Champagne!
The road veered away from the river as we passed through St Armand en Fion, Lisse en Champagne and Bassu...and we also climbed in altitude a little. The rolling hills were back! We dropped down onto an old Roman road that was straight as an arrow for several miles through Villers le Sec, Rancourt & Revigny. In Rancourt, Andrea found a small open cafe even though it was Sunday afternoon... so we enjoyed a large cup of caffeine to perk us up in the afternoon. We persevered on to Bar le Duc to complete our longest day of the tour so far. There was a great downhill into town and then a bike path along the canal, which was very welcome. After asking directions we found the municipal campground which was in the gardens of an old banker's mansion! After checking in, we noticed that the campground also sold beer, so we relieved them of a couple of large cold bottles! Andrea made a wonderful dinner of ravioli and vegetables. Later we enjoyed the champagne under a gazebo, which was very romantic.
Andrea's knee is hurting a little, so we are taking a rest day on Monday in Bar-Le-Duc to rest up, do some laundry, see the historic old town, and just enjoy a beautiful day.
Don't worry if we don't ping tomorrow. We are just resting... we will be back on the road on Tuesday!
The World is Ours!