Blois to Ste-Maure-de-Touraine, France

Olin checking things out

The pilgrims’ route

Monday 20 August 2012
Auberge de la Diligence, Ste-Maure-de-Touraine
98.8 km, 20.66 kph
0715 – 1330

Route: Loire velo route to Amboise, D31 to past Blere, D58 to Manthelan, country roads to D128, to Ste Maure

Most excellent day riding today, from Blois to Amboise to St Maure de Touraine, via the Loire bike route, then cross country on the D roads to Ste Maure. The weather is a little cooler (ie only 30 degrees), and with the early start we had covered nearly 100 k by 1330.

Some signs now of the pilgrims’ route, gathering from around Europe to walk to Santiago de Compostela.

The route down the Loire valley continued in good condition and easy riding. Easy on the eyes as well, with the big chateaux to look at and the beautiful countryside. We had our morning coffee in Amboise, beneath the Leonardo chateau.  This one really is his design.

Then up onto the plains again and through farming country for the rest of the ride to Ste Maure. Easy riding all day.

Ste Maure is a pretty quiet place, we found one bar open, everything else shut on Monday. The chateau is a ruin, the church was shut.

The Auberge de la Diligence has indoor pool, outdoor pool, renovated rooms, quirky collections and very few guests. No idea how it is held together (though I have a few theories), but we had a good dinner, walk around the town and time to hang out in the courtyard garden.

Chateau at Amboise

Wine cellars built into cliff on road to Amboise

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About Olin and Suzanne
Olin and Suzanne's cycling trip, across Canada and around the world.

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