Day 13 – Baume-les-Dames to Montbeliard

After nearly 850 miles of cycling tonight is our last night in France and tomorrow we cross the border into Switzerland.  The last time we were in Switzerland Ben was a toddler so that must be over 30 years ago. The country has some special memories – Sarah and I got engaged in Switzerland in 1979 and we also spent our honeymoon there in 1981.  I have always wanted to cycle to Switzerland so tomorrow will finally fulfill one of my bucket list challenges.

This morning was like a rest day, with only 38 miles to ride we didn’t have breakfast until 08:00 and set off around 09:45. We stopped at a busy local supermarket to restock on supplies and then picked up the River Doubs that we had left yesterday afternoon.  We were travelling upstream today, so gradually climbing for most of the day, although it didn’t really seem like it.

MaryClare discovered very early on that her Garmin was no longer recording distance and it wasn’t until later in the day when she performed a hard reset that she managed to fix the problem.  Technology is great when it works but when it goes wrong for no apparent reason it can be very frustrating.

In places today we had a fresh headwind and took it in turns to lead the pace line whilst the others sheltered behind.  We stopped at midpoint at a town called L’Isle-sur-le-Doubs and found a little cafe serving pastries and coffee.

We soon saw off the final 18 miles and arrived at Montbeliard around 15:30.  It had been a good, relaxed and enjoyable ride with some interesting scenery and NO rain. Whilst others took the time to visit a local park I took the time to grab a later afternoon nap.

Tonight we ate at another Italian restaurant called Marco Polo.

So we say ‘Aurevoir’ to France.  It has been an interesting 15 days, a lot of flat riding along the canal paths and dykes but we have always received a warm welcome wherever we have been.  We have also successfully survived with a very limited knowledge of the French vocabulary.

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