The strangest thing.
Somebody has decided to repair a 10 metre stretch of Grand Chemin (the big path)
It is a former roman road that runs through our patch, a mix of cobbles and dirt paths, most of which are unfit for normal car and road bike use. Some of it is almost unusable except for tractors in winter.
I use it all the time as it links loads of useful tracks and trails. Even on road bikes we sometimes ride this way on the grass verge in dry weather, you can just see the worn patch we all use in the picture below.
But repair it? That would be something entirely odd.
These are the stones on the approach.
And these are the stones on the other side.
And just the road there are some much worse sections that look like nobody has replaced a single stone for several centuries. One of the reasons I like it up here is because you can almost visualise the French and Prussian skirmishers who moved through here en route to the Battle of Waterloo, it won’t have changed much.
So why these few distinct stones? Why do they deserve maintenance in a country where the quality of a road surface is a lottery?
Curious indeed. I expect nothing less than a magic carpet ride when the work is done.
That is so bizarre…
How did they do that?
I see that by writing “before” and “after” in the original draft I might have implied that before and after the work was done nothing changed.
I meant “on approach” and “on the other side”. Still makes it bizarre because this section is truly in the middle of nothing, there is just no rhyme nor reason for repairing this bit.
They have to keep a few rough spots for those Belgians training for Paris-Roubaix, Kevin.
No shortage of those ….