We biked from Dole to Chalon-sur-Saone where we were once again mislead by google maps and had many diversions because of floodings in recent weeks. In the morning we had strong rain for an hour but soon after the sun was out and everything dried up quickly again. Along the way we listened to the Switzerland v Poland game on the radio which was great fun but sadly Switzerland lost. We arrived in Chalon around 18:30 and put up our tent at a nice camping area very close to the town. We had dinner and a couple beers at an Indian restaurant which was delicious. After dinner we rode through the town to have a look around and we both found it really beautiful and there was a lot of restaurants and bars around. We realised that you can see a town thoroughly and quickly when on your bikes, especially when they are not packed with 20 extra kilos. We headed back to camp and went to bed early.
The next day we set off to Etang sur Arroux. Before we left we bumped into Norbert, a nice German bike traveller who we had already met briefly the day before, he asked if he could join us and we of course said yes. He is very kind and shared a lot of his things with us. Norbert is 62 years old and a heavy smoker, but he has an electric bike so he had no problems keeping up, in fact he spent a lot of time waiting for us at the top of a hill, and there were a lot of hills that day. The weather was cool which was nice but it was very windy so it made pedalling really tough, the last 10 kilometers were extremly difficult, but again we had some unbelieveable views. We arrived at the camping site 15 minutes before they were serving dinner, so we quickly setup our tent and then had a feast. The camp is run by a nice Dutch couple and most of the campers were also Dutch, we found it to be a really beautiful, clean and confortable camp site. We went to bed and had a lot of laughs looking at our pictures and videos, Rafi had filmed me fixing my tire puncture and we saw how I dropped the metal tool into my tire.
The next morning we had a nice lie in, after we woke up we had a tea and Norbert bought us some chocolate croissants for breakfast. We got a lot done after that, we did all of our washing, fixed punctures and holes, mounted the kilometer counter to Rafis bike, cleaned our bags and reorganised our things. At 2 pm we had our canoe ride down the river which we had been looking forward to for a while. It was absolutely brilliant, for 3 hours we slowly paddled down the river and saw lots of wild life, we both really enjoyed the whole thing. While we waited to be picked up on the other end we got speaking to a really lovely young Dutch couple who had also just done the canoe ride. We got along really well and Bas was a bike enthusiast and asked us to show him our bikes when we got back to camp. I asked them if they knew anywhere close where I
could get a beer and watch the England match, they said there was no where but they had cold beers and we could join them for a few drinks, so I decided to skip the game as that sounded quite nice. They let us use their cooker as we were having troubles and then Bas fixed the gears on my bike and showed me how to remove a tire without using tools. We then had a great evening with them and laughed a lot. After a few beers and a bottle of wine we decided that we should go to bed as we had an early start the next day, although we would have loved to keep drinking with them. It was really a brilliant day all round.