Monday, September 24, 2012

Day Eleven

Reims to Chalons-en-Champagne

The weather forcast said 100% chance of rain.
Our 40K ride started out with around a 30 mile head wind, along the way it got stronger.
At times we were in our low gear, pedaling down huge hills, only moving around 6 MPH.

We came across this famous vitner, Mo√ęt Chandon, has for years been one of my favorite.
We had to stop for photos.

I think these guys have the Pot of Gold

The road was rolling and very open, vines as far as the eye could see. Amazing!

Champagne Grapes are all picked by hand and not by machine

We had to stop. The road is super high seed and huge tankers moving grape juice to the winerys pass you at such a speed that with already strong wind, you almost get blown over. Very nerve racking. Up hill, head wind and large speeding trucks with no brake down lane. We fond a nice spot for coffee and water.

Heading out of town was up hillm super windy and starting to sprinkle.

Five minuets after this photo was taken, Those dark clouds opened up. The wind picked up and it started raining in sheets. So bad we put on oyr rain jackets and just stood there.
Ten minuets later, it was over and slowed down to strong eind and just rain.

We hit the road. Staying put was the best thing we could have ever done, because up the road a bit, it became narrower, up hill and blowing. Still with the trucks. If we had gone through with the hard rain, we would have been invisable.

The road continued up for about 6 more miles and turned due eastm Tail Wind Time.

Our speed went from 6 MPH to 22 in a second.

Vines turned to cornfields and it got flat. We made it to the next town in no time at all.
Nice lunch of Turkey, noodles and Mushroom sauce.

After lunch, we hopped on the tail wind, 40 KPH and road the last 25 KM's in record timem for us.

By the time we had arived in Chalons-en-Champagne and our hotel, It was sunny.

Shower and a change of clothsm we were out again to find the tourists office for our stamp for the pilgrim passport.

A nice walk around town we located the new cathedral, finished in 1150.

Here are some of the photos of inside and out:

We had a full day today with a finish at a great restraunt.

We both are looking forward to tomorrow.

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