The Loire Valley deserves to be the main destination of an overland trip, not a stopping point. But it happened to be at the right distance, so I thought, why not, it should be a pleasant day of rest from driving.

It was. We stayed close to one end of this Unesco world heritage site, at a village called Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire. This village boasts a fine abbey, the Abbaye de Fleury. Really impressive, and this in a practically unknown village.

From Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire you can walk along a cycling path for about 80 minutes along the Loire river toward Sully-sur-Loire, home to a more well-known site, the Château de Sully.

An even smaller village in the vicinity of Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire is Germigny-des-Prés, where we visited another fine church, the Oratoire carolingien de Germigny-des-Prés.

We wound up our brief sortie into the Loire Valley at Châteauneuf-sur-Loire, home to a marine museum themed around the Loire river, the beautiful park in which this museum is situated and, quite important for us at this point, a Super U supermarket and the fuel station sitting next to it.