Epic European Cycle : 2015-06-02 : Loire à Vélo / EuroVelo 6 to Orleans

Activity
Type Name Description Service Provider Cost Kms To Date Total Notes Actions
Cycle La Loire à Vélo from Beaugency to Orléans $0.00 0.00 0.00 Day 21: 31km: Total 885km
Accommodation
Type Name Service Provider Confirmation Location Cost Notes Actions
Hotel Ibis Orleans Gare Random walk-in Orleans $140.00


Trip Log

Notes Actions
Another easy day of cycling coupled with a fierce tailwind. WOO HOO!
We've booked train tickets to Strasbourg for tomorrow. The Orleans gare is very nice for velos - all the platforms are on one level and easily accessible - no elevators or nonsense to go through. We have to connect in Paris, switching not only trains, but also stations, which is a little tough/stressful. We'll see how that goes. In the gare they had device charging stations... hooked up to stationary bikes. There was a young woman cycling to charge her phone. Cool.
I was really taken with Place du Martroi in Orleans, even before I found out how popular and important it is. It has great movement of people and vehicles through it, including the trams. I love the flow of the tram line around the side of the Place. The Place has a lot of restaurants and brasseries lining it, a sculpture of Joan of Arc, a carousel (amazing how many carousels we've seen in France) and a fountain that kids play in. Brent was surprised to learn that Joan of Arc's battle was for Orlean... He'd thought it was someplace in the north along the English Channel.


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