It might come as a surprise but the population density of France is about the same as that of Texas. Though there are crowded metropolitan areas, there is also plenty of sparsely populated countryside. One of these thinly developed sections is south of the summit tunnel of the Canal entre Champagne et Bourgogne.
The pastoral landscapes alongside this portion of the Champagne et Bourgogne are pretty and peaceful. It would have been nice to linger but there’s a problem. Along this stretch there are few if any shops or restaurants. Wanderlust’s water tank and fuel supply would allow us to stay off the grid for months. But if we did stay we’d have to eat frozen, dried, and canned food exclusively. Though we always carry “emergency” supplies on board, eating a diet of preserved food for days was unappealing. So we stayed below the summit until the fresh food ran out and then crossed over to Langres where supermarchés and restaurants awaited.
(Wanderlust navigated the southern portion of the Canal entre Champagne et Bourgogne from the 17th to the 22nd of June 2015.)