Mar 17, 2013

Distance today = 50.31 km; Total distance = 18,070.25 km; Location = Ferme de Saule – 47 07.414′ N, 05 06.302′ E; Start time = 0842, Finish time = 1710


It was one of those days, when I just didn’t really feel like being out there. There was steady rain for much of the day, and a bit of a wind blowing. These conditions, coupled with running on a relatively busy road (with no shoulder), made for a less than desirable day for running long distances.

However, I got through my planned 50 km, but stopped at the earliest opportunity after that. These are the days that really count.

After a long hill to start, I reached Le Rochepot, with its amazing chateau (see the photos). Then on to Beaune, which is considered the gastronomic capital of France. It was a very pretty town, with lots of top notch restaurants throughout the streets.

By this stage, I was running in the Cote d’Or, along the Route de Grand Vins, one of the most famous wine regions in the world. The hills were covered with vineyards, as were the plains.

Next was the town of Nuits St Georges. This was also a five star town, and they had a festival on in town. Carmel stopped and got us some escargot for lunch. Yes, it had to happen eventually – we ate snails in the car while it rained outside.

The wind continued to pick up and it was getting colder. I covered another 9 km after lunch, and was very pleased to stop. Unfortunately, there is rain predicted for the next few days.

PS My official position is about 9 km to the east of where the tracker is showing me.