…has been flat and therefore quick! It has also been pretty much in a straight line; that of the Canal du Rhin au Rhone. Not so busy with boats, but teaming with wildlife. I saw 5 kingfishers, loads of herons, a few storks (I think?) and lots of other birds. I also saw quite a few water voles. Then when the canal path stopped it was like hopping over the fields from church spire to church spire, from one decorated water to another, from one idyllic little village to the next, all with shops that only open on Jeudi and Samedi!
I hope my positive feel at the end of the day isn’t just because it was flat, because that would not bode well for later this week, and next! I don’t think it was just that. It would have taken longer with hills thrown in, but it was a good distance, about 75km, and I did it in about 4 1/2 hrs. Which meant arriving in Colmar at 2.30pm.
The weather was still pretty drab and frequent showers, but nothing to take the skin off my face like Monday! Then just as I was putting up my dry tent, the sun came out! It continued to hide behind big black clouds every few minutes but it stayed all evening.
So, I unloaded the bike and headed into town. Colmar is not at all what I was expecting, for a start it is much bigger. It is not dissimilar to Strasbourg, although I guess that might be the case for most of the cities round this area? There was much more of the old city around which meant it wasn’t as centred and therefore not so much atmosphere. I was looking for a square to sit in and have a biere, but to no avail.
I am seriously reconsidering my route through Italy. Rather than a mostly anonymous route down the east, maybe I’ll head down the more famous west and head for Rome, then a train? I’ll think more when/if I get over the alps.
If this works it will be the first time I have updated on consecutive days I think, and from the actual places I am in!!