Our cycling group from Cortambert enjoyed a rando vélo sacoches this morning. I had to ask what rando vélo sacoches (trek with saddlebags) meant and was told it implies a leisurely ride, nothing too hard. Except of course the road from the voie verte back up to Cortambert! That’s the problem of living in the hills.
We joined the voie verte at Merzé and turned off right at Massilly to take the road to Cortevaix. We stopped for a break in Saint-Hippolyte to look round the ruined church. Situated by the river Guye, Saint-Hippolye was renowned as a place where fevers were healed. The church was built in the 11th century by the Clunaic community of monks with additions authorised by the Lord of Brancion making it the first fortified church in Burgundy. It was destroyed in the 16th century.
This is where the saddle bags come in handy, to bring the biscuits and snacks
Saint-Hippolye (born 170AD) was a Roman writer of theology who opposed the Pope’s teachings and the lax moral standards of the Church. He was condemned to death and sent off to Sardinia. His saints’ day is August 13th and he is the patron saint of horses. This came about as he was confused with another Roman with a similar name who was sentenced to death by being torn apart by horses.
The church at Saint-Hippolyte with our group of 9 cyclists
Denis and Chris looking for an alternative route to avoid a ford on the way back (photo Sophie)
We returned along the voie verte, past Cormatin before turning off at Massilly to climb back to Cortambert. We managed a reasonable 37km before lunch. It was easy cycling thanks to the voie verte and the quiet roads through the villages. This area really couldn’t be better for getting out on the bikes.