Follow the River

Friday and Saturday, September 4 and 5

Our plan to get to the Loire valley in France looked great on paper: New York to London to Paris by air. Train to Tours to Chinon in the Loire River Valley.
In between we had the bus to the airport, the bus at Heathrow to transfer terminals, the RER to the Metro to the train in Paris, a short train in Tours to another station, the train to Chinon, and a walk to our hotel.

We reached the Mont Parnasse station in Paris around 3:15 and bought tickets on the 5:15 train. By the time we reached Chinon our bags – packed light for cycling – were as leaden as our legs. Around 7:00 p.m. – after about twenty hours of travel – we knocked on the door of our hotel.