06 September to 14 September 2003

Friday 12
To the Champagne region of France

A longish run today to get to our hotel for the next two nights in Vertus and the Hostellerie du Mont Aime in the southern Champagne region.

We leave the Ochsenwirtshof and drive towards Bad Peterstal then north west towards the Rhine Valley and Strasbourg
After crossing the Rhine we will enter France via Strasbourg to pick up the Autoroute A35/352

Direction the Vosges Mountains and Molsheim where we get onto the N420 and enter the Val de Bruche
We now travel along the N420 stopping in Mutzig for morning coffee then along the Bruche Valley tp Schirmeck, here we turn onto the D392 to cross the Col du Donon (a section of the London to Sydney Marathon 2000) and drop down to Badonviller onto Luneville and pick up the N33 direction Nancy.
We stop for lunch in the city of Nancy and after we get on to the A31 direction Toul then the N4 to Ligny and then the N135 to Bar-le-Duc for afternoon coffee.
We then take the quickest rout via N roads to the Mont Aime.

A journey of approximately 250 miles.