Day 3 – Gennes to Tours

We stayed in a really nice little hotel last night in the town of Gennes.  Breakfast this morning was excellent and I made sure that I ate plenty to see me through the day.
We rolled out at 09:15 in brilliant sunshine although there was a slight nip in the air. Today’s riding was again around the 60 mile mark which would end us up in the city of Tours with a predicted elevation gain of 2,000′.
The road was pleasantly smooth and where Eurovelo6 took us off the road we were riding on a relatively smooth unpaved surface.
Our first major place of the day was Saumur which was a bustling town situated on the banks of the River Loire.  I managed to lose the rest of the group as we went through the town but soon found them again waiting for me. The town had a prominent castle overlooking the river and we took a very steep climb to pass the castle before descending down again to the river.

Today we found a nice little lunch spot and sat down for a meal in a town called Montsoreau which was getting on for nearly the halfway point of today’s ride.

Shortly after leaving our lunch stop we came across a detour which all but Paul elected to follow. We should have trusted Paul’s instinct because there was no apparent reason for the re-route and we added a couple of extra miles following the diversion. The end result being that Paul, and then me, riding the last 30 miles or so solo into a strong headwind.

Nevertheless, we all safely negotiated the busy entry into Tours and we arrived at our hotel for the night, the Ibis right in the centre of Tours.
Lou, who appears to have taken in the role of selecting the location for our evening meal, found a super little restaurant (Au Coin Gourmand) literally 5 mins walk from the hotel and we had a very enjoyable meal.