I've had a lovely time with Su and Bob but it's time to hit the road again. The weather was decidedly horrible and I had to pack the tent away damp. I layered up again and was toasty warm and dry. 30km down the road I was broiling in the bright sunshine.
Made a pitstop at St Suzanne which is another lovely Medieval town with original buildings, churches and chateau. Stripped off some layers and repacked bike. Headed south towards Durtal where I have been told they have a lovely camping ground. A large black cloud followed me all the way and I regretted taking off my wet weather gear. I rolled into Durtal and dived under the shelter about 30 seconds before the heavens opened up. 5 minutes later it was bright sunshine again.
I cruised down to the riverside and found the camping ground. It was indeed lovely but it was a commercial site overrun by campervans and when I asked the cost of a cabin (in case it continued to rain) the lady said 110€. I thought I had heard wrong so she showed me the price list on the board. It must be one helluva cabin at that price!
I declined to stay at Durtal camping and rode on south. I stopped for a drink a bit further on and got chatting to a cyclist who recommended the Saumur-Tours road beside the river. I dislike big towns and attempt to avoid them but the road sounded nice and I reckoned I could find a B&B along the way.
The Saumur-Tours road was just wonderful. It ran right along the river edge with fabulous views of towns and chateaus across the water. Although it was completely flat, it had lovely curves and turns winding through little villages and the road surface was just superb. (You would have loved it Pete - a lot like the Woy Woy roads without the traffic).
It was late by the time I reached Tours so I just booked into a cheap Etap hotel. Muesli for dinner because I couldn't even be bothered going out and finding a greasy hamburger joint.