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Published: August 27th 2010
Very straight road
Map says it is an ancient Roman way so that explains that !
Plan B. Early in the trip I know but suddenly realised that Bob had planned in a two-night stop in Chartres and we had already spent a full day there in 2003. So we decided not to repeat ourselves and to head for Beaugency, on the banks of the Loire, instead.
We often stop here. There is a free aire and it is a great overnight stop as we can walk up into the town or along the river, knowing that the Tandy is reasonably secure, as the aire is always busy, lots of people about.
We took the toll road down and round Paris, waved to the Eiffel Tower on the way past and then once clear of Paris, took a much quieter road through the countryside and down to Orleans. Been this way several times before so we know the way and we arrived at the aire at Beaugency quite early in the day and chose a nice wide spot. We were surprised how warm it was, as sky completely overcast and no sign of the sun but we had passed a sign saying 27 degrees. Really hot and sticky and too hot to be inside. We went for
Motorhome aire at Beaugency
Nice spot for the night with the river behind
a walk round the town which really is beautifully restored example of a medieval Loire town with its lovely chalk-coloured local stonework. The floral displays are superb and exuberant and in wonderful contrast to the pale stone and egg-shell blue doors and window frames.
Stopped for an ice cream then back to the Tandy where I managed to cook a meal despite feeling even hotter. Cooled down a little later as it rained a bit and we went for another stroll, this time to a bar for coffee.
The aire as usual is very busy and motorhomes pull in, even though it is very obviously full, then have to reverse right out again. Some have parked on the road outside which seems not to be a problem.
Tandy is behaving impeccably, so far, and is enjoying the newly fitted fish-eye blind spot mirror on the passenger side which is especially useful for driving on the wrong side of the road.
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