Ruth - The only thing better than a hard packed grassy towpath to ride along is a paved one and today I had some of each. Twenty of our twenty-five kilometers were spent gliding along the Canal de Marne into Chalons-en-Champagne. Gord and Paolo walked together as I rode ahead and periodically stopped and waited for them. During our picnic at one of the locks we were treated to two boats going through. The second boat was owned by an Australian who offered us a lift into town. We declined but later ran into him in the central square.
It was another lovely evening beginning with champagne from Bouzy shared three ways in plastic cups on a park bench. Dinner afterwards was a gluttonous feast of choucroute ie sauerkraut accompanied by a farm yard full of dead animals.
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