Above: A tree silhouetted amongst wheat fields at sunset, Bourgognes region, France.
It’s time for the third and final installment of the bike through Bourgognes region of france. Part One portrayed some of the many small villages and vast vineyards. Part Two took a closer look at some of the facades of rural French architecture. Today we’ll take another look at Rochepot Castle, some dramatic scenery during a stunning sunset, and a few more looks at grape vines.
Unfortunately my Alaskan blood deals poorly with warm temperatures. The three liters of water I took was insufficient for 22 miles, and by the end I didn’t have any fluids to sweat out. The result was a suspected case of heat shock. All in all nothing too serious, does make me glad we waited to start the bike until afternoon when it was cooling off, rather then heating up in the morning.
The 13th-centure Château de la Rochepot is seen through a luminous wheat field in the Bourgognes countryside.
Abstract patterns created by green ivy and a white bench.
Cliff-top view of villages in the Burgundy region of France. July 17, 2013
A friendly cheval provided a good opportunity to a little break.
Back in Beaune – time for a well-deserved dinner and some rest.
Above: Château de la Rochepot perched above Rochepot village. Parts of the castle date from the 13th century.
Believe it or not Château de la Rochepot is for sale – complete with drawbridge and barbican! The real estate listing has a lot interesting information and awesome photos, especially the meticulous tile roof. I would like to own a castle.
It’s time for Beautiful Burgundy Region Bike Ride – part two. Part one started us on a bike path leaving Beaune, Bourgognes. The 22-mile bike wound through beaucoup villages and vineyards on a hot and hazy July 17, 2013.
Fantastic architecture abound, culture seamlessly blended with scenery, and rolling hills like tides continually changed perspectives.
Vine trimming on a hill above town.
French Facade 1
French Facade 2
Facade 3. For multiple brick buildings, blue was the accent color of choice.
Parallele lines of grape vines recede into a stone structure.
Above: Vineyards near and far in the Saint-Aubin town of Bourgognes, France.
The bike left from Beaune, Bourgognes region of France, on a scalding July 17, 2013 – perhaps high eighties by early afternoon. But it was très beau! Blue doors on brick houses, vineyards near and far, wheat fields, and small towns continually supervened by smaller towns – even one with a castle.
This is part one-of-three and it it only gets better. So please, stay tuned.
Cool blues and greens on the brick house contrasted the hot mid-July temperatures.
This brick house comes complete with a creek.
On a very smooth bike path. One of many small towns in the background.
Saturday, May 25, a group of friends and I did an out-and-back from Savage River, 12 miles into the park. Completely clear skies allowed the sun and cool air to compliment each other nicely. We split into two groups part-way through, and mine made it a few miles past the mostly frozen Teklanika River. The frozen river is a reminder that weather near the tallest peak in North America is very dynamic.
Savage River, as far as the public is allowed to drive.
Visitors can bus, bike or simply hike into the park.
Snow and melt water were both prevalent, and crews were on hand to try and keep them heading the right directions.
Road work crew.
This includes keeping culverts clear of ice, which can be a tricky operation.
Deeper then expected.
We started at 11, and biked roughly 50 miles before returning just before 6 p.m. A fantastic time to bike, but difficult time to photograph. But this trip was about having a good time with friends, and we managed to meet up right before the final uphill, before relaxing and snacking at the top.
Left to right: Charlie, Louise, Denali, Nick, Robin and David.
Budding willows with Denali in the background.