As soon as we got home we started planning day trips to the nearest castles to our east and west. We spent the next three weeks exploring castle country on a beautiful bike route that spans from Nevers to Nantes. The well-marked La Loire à Vêlo signs kept us pedaling in the correct general direction AND on the right route (for the most part - ha!).
|Chenonceau is the one in the bottom right.|
|Don't those seats look comfortable?!|
Even though we took the train to Chenonceau, we still took our bikes with us that day and it's a good thing we did because our train back was delayed. So, that evening, instead of freezing our butts off at the (outdoor) station, we made our way east past Chateau Chissay and went all the way to Mont Richard and back (another 20km/13mi). So, just as a side note, yeah... No banks in these parts. Not even an ATM. Do all those people bank in Tours? Off shore accounts? Shoe box under their bed? We may never know.
Almost as awesome as being back on the bikes and taking trains through the scenic Loire River Valley were the looks we got when we told people that we have been riding our bikes to these places. Haha! Priceless.