To Dijon - Skipping About the Continent - CycleBlaze

May 20, 2022

To Dijon

Our group of five Cycle Blazers gathered at Beaune's Porte Saint-Nicolas at nine am for today’s ride through the vineyards of the Côte-de-Nuits to Dijon. After making sure the route was loaded into the various navigation devices, we headed north, aided by a nice little tailwind. The plan was for each to ride their own style, knowing that at various times we may fall back, get ahead, or ride together. It worked wonderfully, as we all rode at a relatively similar pace and naturally stayed fairly close together.

As the day started, we cycled through a landscape of barley and wheat, but vineyards predominated after we skirted Nuits-Saint-Georges and progressed northward. After so many miles of solo cycling, I was thrilled to be sharing the experience with our small group. I kept trying to get photos of the others on their bikes, but I definitely need some practice in setting up and executing action shots.

Team Anderson arriving at Porte Saint-Nicolas
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Final routing and tracking details
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Janos waits patiently
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On the outskirts of Beaune
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Three out of four isn't bad
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Steve Miller/GrampiesWell, someone has to take the picture dontcha think?
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Image not found :(
There he goes
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Church in Corgoloin
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Janos with a high five
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Biking through barley. The cliffs of the Côte de Haute Beaune are visible in the distance
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A little break in the action in Premeaux-Prissey.
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Bearded wheat, perhaps
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Keith KleinHi,
Barley. The head in the bottom of the frame only shows two seed rows . This is old fashioned barley as required by the German Reinheitsgebaut (sp.) for beer making, where it will no doubt be shipped like 90 percent of all French barley.
Cheers,
Keith
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Along the way to Gevrey-Chambertin
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Along the way to Gevrey-Chambertin
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The vineyards in the northern region of the Côte de Nuits
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The highlight of the day was our visit with Susan and Keith Klein at their home in Gevrey-Chambertin, south of Dijon. We arrived about 11:30, a little hot and ready for the elevenses treats that Susan had graciously promised to provide. After the obligatory group photos, we adjourned indoors - a wonderful and comfortable space filled with the artistic talents of both Susan and Keith. The staircase was lined with some of Susan’s striking photographs, and she and Suzanne were immediately in deep conversation about photography. I commented on their impressive collection of Mission/Stickley furniture, a style of furniture that populates my house. I was astounded when Keith informed us that he had made each of the pieces – he’s been avid woodworker for the last forty years and he gave us a brief peak into his workshop before Susan called us out to the back patio for our late morning nourishment. What a spread – nuts, all sorts of dried and fresh fruit including strawberries and cherries, The best was Susan’s home-made Gougères, a chou pastry cheese puff. It was a relaxed and thoroughly enjoyable visit that was over much too soon. We had to move on before the day got too hot.

Six Cycle Blazers in Burgundy
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The welcoming abode of Susan and Keith
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Kathleen JonesThat’s gorgeous furniture, Keith.
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Keith Klein, a man of many talents
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Keith Adams Building furniture in a space that size (or is there more, not shown?) is quite a feat. I know from my own small shop!
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Elevenses among friends
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Thank you Susan and Keith
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We didn’t linger on the way to Dijon, only ten miles distant. There was a final section through the vineyards and then we were making our way into the city proper – navigating traffic lights, bike lanes and tramways. It was both logical and crazy – with scooters, cyclists and pedestrians all flying about, ignoring the clearly marked paths and traffic signals. We reached our hotel about two-thirty, stowed our bikes, and we all disappeared into our respective tiny rooms until reconvening for dinner, an adequate meal of salads and/or pasta (Rachael had her usual, salmon). But the food was secondary to the enjoyment of being in each other’s company. It was a perfect start to our mini-group tour, and I’m looking forward to more.

Just another château in a Burgundy vineyard
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Scott - not just another cyclist in a Burgundy vineyard
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Church in Morey-St. Denis
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Keith KleinI think you mean Marsannay-la-Cote. Morley is south from Gevrey.
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Oops - we missed the turn
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Approaching Dijon
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Today's ride: 32 miles (51 km)
Total: 1,014 miles (1,632 km)

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Rachael AndersonGreat photos and narrative!
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Bob DistelbergLooks like you all are having a wonderful time!
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Tricia GrahamSounds a wonderful day. Thanks for sharing it
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Kathleen JonesNice to get the three different perspectives. So Rashomon, eh? Enjoying following along immensely.
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