Fantastic experience - even with a few unexepcted hills!
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Several: Cycling through the vineyard paths - with the grapes ready for harvest literally a few paces away; The caves in the villages eager to offer wine tastings - with the wine in each village seemingly better than the one before!; The spectacular chateau at the medieval village of Chateauneuf en Auxois - even if it required a huge effort to get up the hill to it!; The beautiful tree-lined canal paths and the scenic lock-keeper's houses along the way; The historic architecture of the two main towns of Dijon and Beaune; and the feeling of personal satisfaction and achievement of reaching journey's end!!!
What did you think of your group leader?
We were self-guided.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
The route notes contained several good suggestions for lunch and picnic stops - follow these and you will have wonderful venues for picnics. Suggest stopping at a local boulangerie en route before lunch (as most close at lunchtime) for baguette and local shops for cheese, cold meats, fruit, and of course a bottle of Cremant fizz to wash it all down! The suggested lunch stop at the small bridge at Lusigny-sur-Ouche on the trip from Nolay to Chateauneuf is truly halcyon. We would recommend a thorough read-over of the day's route before leaving - including double checking it on the provided large scale map - as some of the directions can be open to interpretation ... and result in "discussions" between couples! Beware the "surprise" hills. This was billed as an 'easy to moderate' trip across 'mildly undulating' countryside. To the most part it is - but there are a few killer hills and long steep gradients which we felt it would have been fairer to be warned about. The fact that they cropped up without warning sapped energy and threw the planned timings of the schedule out of kilter.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Doing a trip like this really is a fantastic experience and will provide a well of great memories! You owe it to yourself to do it! We wrote a blog of our adventures on our tandem, giving an in-depth account of the trip. You can read our adventures here: http://matildasmusingsdotcom.wordpress.com/2014/09/22/day-six-journeys-end/