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Old 03-10-2013, 02:55 PM   #14
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Day 2

Day 2: Chablis, France to Pontarlier, France (Bordering Switzerland)



We wake up to another rainy day, and start the morning exploring Chablis - a town famous for its wine.





Megan had arranged for a winery tour with La Roche that morning.



A historic building now owned by La Roche winery.



Inside - A massive 13th century wine press.



Inside the cellars



Passing through a small village on our way to Dijon.



Looking up at the Collegiale-Notre-Dame (church) while stopped at an intersection in Dole.



More heavy rain as we stopped by a river flowing alongside the road. By this point we were realizing our rain gear wasn't holding up all that well - the jacket covers were letting some water in, the boot covers were leaking and our 'waterproof' gloves were soaked through.



A common sight... Using McDonalds free wifi to find a hotel for the night. ;)

Arriving at the outskirts of Pontarlier close to the border of Switzerland, we checked into a Campanile for the night. From what we saw of Pontarlier that night it was more of an industrial looking town - super flat and not much for tourists. In fact, finding a close by restaurant beyond the McDonald's was near impossible. There was one open that night, along a highway a good 20 minutes walk from our hotel...



Nothing like hearty American food when in France!

We finish up our French fajitas and the hardest rainfall you can imagine starts up. After getting wet on the road earlier, we had changed into our only set of dry clothes before heading out to dinner. Not looking forward to starting of the next day in wet clothes, we needed to get home dry! After a failed attempt at ordering a cab, our server (refusing any kind of compensation) drove us back to our hotel. We gave him a nice tip in event that this happened. ;)


Day 2 riding video:
The country roads in France were lined by a row of trees on both sides, for miles and miles - you definitely don't want to get into a tank slapper on these roads!



http://vimeo.com/61400761 - a backup if the video isn't embedding properly.

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