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Day 2183, St. Loup – Nancy, France: Flowing Along La Moselle

Posted by Thomas Andersen Posted on Jan - 19 - 2017

Distance: 120.9 km
Ride time: 7:09:44
Average: 16.9 km/h
Max speed: 46.8 km/h
Total: 56734 km

I woke up in a chilly tent with morning fog hanging over rural France. My bike computer showed 4°C as I started cycling. Still a far cry from the freezing nights below -15°C at the Altiplano of Bolivia and Peru, but still, cold enough for a guy who just cycled through Africa.

Luckily the sun would soon enough burn off the morning fog, and I was enjoying blue skies for the first time in what seems like an eternity (well, more like 7 days to be exact). Autumn is getting its grip on Europe.

After a rather hilly beginning if a day including climb to 500 meters, I joined the river of Moselle. I found a great bike path following the river as it slowly descended hundred meters over the next 100 km of cycling with locks every couple of kilometers. This means that boats can make it up and down the river towards central Germany. I waved to people on the boats as I cycled north, very much enjoying the sunshine and the quiet cycling path.

In Nancy I looked for a cheap guest house, but the only one I found was full. No problem though, I continued out of town and found a nice place to wild camp. Then I returned to the nearest restaurant and spent an hour recharging my batteries.

After dark I returned to my field for the 4th wild camping night in a row. Luckily my friend Norby has invited me to spend a night with his family at his home in Luxembourg tomorrow. I’m looking forward to catch up with Norby – and also for a shower and a real bed.

Categories: France
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