We enjoyed our time immensely in Charleville Mezieres, especially our two visits to the impressive and dazzling ducal square in the centre of town. The square is only a short walk across a footbridge over the Meuse and in the afternoon we painted the place orange. Thanks to Ruth the photographer.
Then in the evening the three orange musketeers sneaked back into the square for a sundowner drink. Phil was still on the classy Chimay beer brewed by Trappist monks in nearby Belgium.
Bridget restrained herself with a soft drink – an orangina.
And I had to console myself with a glass of Chablis – a vital part of a cyclist’s diet.
Day 28 (Friday) dawned warm and fair. We had a shortish ride of around 20 miles or so to look forward to. Phil and thought it would be flat most of the way and so we were in optimistic mood at the start. See VIDEO 1!
The wind had dropped considerably so we were able to continue on our way without pushing ourselves. And much to our delight the voie verte or green way was continuing much further down the river Meuse than we had thought. See VIDEO 2!
In the twinkle of an eye we had reached the outskirts of Sedan which boasts one of the largest military garrisons in Europe. As we approached we were confused by what appeared to be a glimpse of the official municipal campsite. See VIDEO 3
We eventually found our way to the campsite reception and managed to beat our campervan crew by a few minutes. The campsite is roomy and open, just by our now long-term friend, the Meuse. We are looking forward to tonight’s arrival of Phil’s girlfriend Brandi from Seoul. She was flying direct to Paris and then was planning to take the TGV train down to Sedan station.
Phil is already in high spirits after completing more than 600 miles of his cycle challenge – but no doubt Brandi’s presence for the next two weeks will inspire him to even greater heights!