A few hours drive saw us set up camp at Epernay, which is billed as the ‘Capital of Champagne’, as it sits in the middle of the champagne region. Many of the best known champagne houses have their vineyards and storage in and around the town and there is a well known name around every corner. We took a day out to walk around the town and see the sights but, to be honest, apart from the nameplates, the town itself was a bit, shall we say, uninspiring.
Riding though the champagne countryside was the best, however.With one notable exception when we had to ride about 15 minutes through thick, loose, tar-covered gravel when we came across some unfinished roadworks. Not the best for a belt drive. That apart, it was great to ride amongst the vineyards, and the sun shone, and all was well with the world.
We came across many memorials to those lost to war, all still carefully tended.
On another day we headed East on some superb roads until we reached the town of Mourmelon-le-grande. From here we cut back to the city of Reims, famous for it’s elaborate cathedral.
We had a walk around Reims while we were there, and found much more going on than at our Epernay base. Altogether a very fine city.
We spent several days in Champagne country, but then it began to feel a little flat, so we knew it was time to move on once more. Not just to a new town or area, but to a new country.One which neither Jayney or I had ever visited before.