Cycletrippin Day 4: Neufchâteau to Chalon-sur-Saône via Dijon

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Montelimar in France

Cycletrippin Day 4 was going to be a rest day. I had forgotten that I had booked a room through Airbnb so I set off towards Dijon, with my destination being Chalon-sur-Saône, which is in the Bourgogne region of France. It was a long ride and by the time I got to Dijon, it was 18:00 and there was still 5km to go. Still, there is 75km to go.

I decided to take a rest by taking a train to Chalon-sur-Saône. I met a nice man called Fabian and he told me that photography was invented in Chalon-sur-Saône.

The ride was hard and it had many ups & downs. Why are villages and towns based at the bottom of a hill? When I pulled into a supermarket at the top of a hill I met two Germans who were also cycling like I was. The village was at the bottom of the hill. They had resupplied and took off an hour later but I caught up with them on an extremely steep hill. One of them was struggling and I left them in the dust and did not see them again.

What I noticed when rolling through small towns was how German and American companies were taking over people’s food choices. I saw many Lidl and Aldi supermarkets and McDonald’s and Subway chains. I checked out a vending machine at Dijon central and it carried many recognizable brands such as Lays, Mars, Snickers, etc. It’s time to start boycotting and promote local brands. On the train Fabian said he drinks Australian wine because it’s cheaper than the local wine, and he lives in a wine region. What’s going on stumps me.

Au revoir for today.

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