Yesterday started off a pleasant summer's day, though quite humid when climbing hills, and ended with a huge thunderstorm. At 5.00 it was quite dark even though the sun would not be setting for another 3 hours or more!
The first climb, on leaving Besancon!
My feet held up well yesterday as I walked up and down, but the last few kilometres on the hard road surface finished them. One dear lady saw me walking, turned her car around and came back to give me a lift - she thought that things were "dificile" for me! How is that for kindness! She then drove me to the little town of Ornans, where the only accomodation I could find was a three star hotel, despite the fact that Madame insited on driving around the entire town checking that there was not another one open! Even the hotel owner finds it strange that on the one day when tourists are out in force the Office of Tourism, is shut and therefore unable to give advice.
Yesterday's journey took me thorugh some pleasant countryside, with some wonderful views looking back at Besancon, and through yet more forests. I think this part of France must be the lungs of the country there are forests everywhere.
Looking back over Besancon, with the Citadelle on the right.
Houses on the rivers edge at Ornans
More chimney pots!
The entrance to "centre ville"Pontarlier.
I keep forgetting to tell you about the weather. Yes, the summer has arrived - on some days, but there are still days when it is quite cold. Today it is only 11°, and last week in Besancon I had to get out my down jacket again! There are downpours expected over the next 2 days, but then it is meant to fine up!
Tomorrow .......... Switzerland, and only 18kms for the next 2 days so the feet should be fine!