One of the features that makes this section of the Burgundy Canal so special is the towering image of Chateau Neuf - a fairy-tale castle and town on a spectacular rising crag that dominates the landscape. (Actually the real 1000-year history reads more like a horror story than a fairy tale, with murder, burning at stake, torture and betrayal, but we are sticking with the fairy-tale.) We had planned to spend a night up there but the hotel canceled our reservation at the last minute... but we did manage to make the climb up there several times (NOT by bike!) and got some good photos and a nice lunch (not as good at R. de L'Auxois though). The town and the castle are truly one of the historic treasures of France, and if we do return to the area we will try again to spend a night up there if only to feel the 1000 year-old ghostly echos that only come out at night.
The weather finally shaped up and we had a wonderful ride to Dijon along the L'Ouche. We had a great ride and a lovely lunch at a lock house near Dijon. At the harbor where the canal makes a sharp turn north to follow the L'Ouche, we met an Englishman who owns a huge canal boat named Christina - he said he had been cruising the canals of Europe for 15 years and always had plenty of family and friends visiting. We asked if it didn't seem too big a boat for two people to handle - he said the only time they felt it was too big was times like now - he was just painting it and putting it up for the winter. Sounds like a romantic life except for that detail!
We had a sudden rain shower to cap off our ride, but our last evening was gorgeous and we got to really enjoy the lake.