The famous wine town of Sancerre is roughly 2 miles from a canal-side mooring in Ménétréol-sous-Sancerre. With several wine-drinking friends due to come on board soon, we needed to stock the bilge. The best option seemed to visit the town by bike and bring back a couple of cases of wine. But there was a challenge. Sancerre is about 700 feet above Ménétréol-sous-Sancerre. Getting the bike-trailer combination up the hill was a challenge. It didn’t help when Becky, who wasn’t pulling the trailer, chose the steepest possible route.
(Wanderlust arrived in Ménétréol-sous-Sancerre on the 17th of May 2015 after traveling the Canal Latéral à la Loire for 23 kilometers and 4 locks from Belleville-sur-Loire.)
Becky chooses the steep route. For the record, this hill was steep but I seriously doubt it is 45%. True, I was virtually bleeding out of my ears at the top, but it felt more like 20 to 25%. Definitely steep enough with a trailer!
Becky cranks open a lock gate. The locks on this stretch of the Canal Latéral à la Loire are manual.
The spoils of our journey up the hill: Eagle-eyed oenophiles will note the box from Chablis, a carryover from our stay in Auxerre.
Letting the brakes cool on the descent
A mountain bike with freeride tires towing a trailer is not the best way to climb hills.