Back home in Auchterarder, and time to reflect on what was an incredible holiday, and an even more amazing sense of achievement in completing the route.
Although it was hectic, and very full-on, the “old git” and the “old gal” are already missing their days of togetherness in the saddle while on the road in beautiful Burgundy. The scenery was fabulously eye-catching and a real joy to experience.
Before we set out we always said that “the journey” was going to be the holiday, and sticking to that agenda we enjoyed long sunny days on the road giving us a fantastic in-depth experience of the Villages and Vineyards of Burgundy – and its friendly people.
That journey was so much more satisfying for us being self-propelled at the slow pace of a tandem. Every view (and every hill!) lasted so much longer.
Travelling in the relatively fragile mode of transport that a tandem is certainly exposed us not only to the warm sunshine, but to the physically demanding exertions of progressing from place to place.
It also brought us into close interaction with the local people, many of whom tooted their support and issued friendly “bonjours” as they passed Team Tandem Ecosse in their vehicles. And of course the other cyclists we met along the way – with whom we shared a special bond.
But perhaps the most important thing is that the “old gal” (aka Diane) and the “old git” (aka Colin) did it as a team – through thick and thin, up (yet another) hill and down dale, and reversing our pedalling to the last junction to take the “correct” turning.
They resolutely supported each other every pedal of the way – and emerged from the experience even more together, and in love!
And even after nearly 200 gruelling miles they tell me it really was a fantastic adventure – and they wouldn’t have missed it for the world!
Now where is that brochure to start planning next year’s trip …..
Finally, here is the review we posted with the holiday company Exodus.
Cycling through the vineyard paths – with the grapes ready for harvest literally a few paces away;
The caves in the villages eager to offer wine tastings – with the wine in each village seemingly better than the one before!;
The spectacular chateau at the medieval village of Chateauneuf en Auxois – even if it required a huge effort to get up the hill to it!;
The beautiful tree-lined canal paths and the scenic lock-keeper’s houses along the way;
The historic architecture of the two main towns of Dijon and Beaune;
and the feeling of personal satisfaction and achievement of reaching journey’s end!!!
We would recommend a thorough read-over of the day’s route before leaving – including double checking it on the provided large scale map – as some of the directions can be open to interpretation … and result in “discussions” between couples!
You owe it to yourself to do it!