MTG2 01 Bourgogne Sedan Bar du Seine Mesnil Saint Pere
Published: 01/01/2020
D977 from Sedan to Chémery-sur-Bar
This is the first part of the approach route to the Burgundy region.
The route is suitable to get to Burgundy or as an alternative route to the south and can be used as a starting route for one of the other routes in this area as they are described in the Motorbike guides part 1 and 2.

The roads in this area seem to be made to shoot and enjoy at the same time. Green hills all around, lots of water and a perfect road surface.
The starting point is the town of Sedan, southeast of Douzy is a motor-friendly site on a small lake next to the D984. If you do not want to camp then you can spend the night in Sedan in a beautiful castle; The Hôtel Le Château Fort de Sedan, both are marked with a POI and the links are at the bottom of the review

From Sedan we drive via the D977 through the beautiful rolling countryside to Le Chesne.
At RP2 lies the castle of Château de Rocan, it is private property and therefore cannot be visited, but nice to take a picture of it. For this you have to deviate from the route to find the castle after 300 meters on a dirt road behind the farm. It was built in the first part of the 16th century by a Raoul de Coucy. The castle went through the hands of various families, including the Du Lys and the d'Escannevelle. In 1641 the castle was attacked by imperial-Spanish troops, who had just supported French dissatisfied in the nearby Battle of La Marfée against the royal French army of Louis XIII, who had occupied the castle for a few days.

We drive via Lac de Bairon (RP4), a lake that is divided in two by a small road (D212), just north of the town of Le Chesne. The old part of it used to belong to the monks from Chémery-sur-Bar.

We continue to Vouziers, where the river Aisne is crossed. Those who love beautiful portals can go to Vouziers to view the Renaissance front of the St. Maurille church. This special portal, created in the mid-16th century, remained detached from the rest of the church for more than two centuries due to the religious wars. It was not built again until 1769.

The military cemetery of Vouziers contains the pilot Roland Garros, who crossed the Mediterranean Sea with his plane in 1913. He died in this area during the First World War. The Paris Grand Slam tennis tournament is named after him. His grave (and also monument) is located at the military cemetery "Cimetière militair allemand de Vouziers". If you want to visit this it is best to park in the center (RP6) and walk to the cemetery.

We continue on to Sainte Menehould, where Dom Pérignon was born in 1638, who was the first to have the champagne wines sparkled and then to Givry-en-Argonne to Vitry-le-François. This place was built to replace the neighboring Vitry-en-Perthois, which was completely burned down by the troops of Quint in 1544. The center has been built for military-strategic reasons with only straight lines. In 1940 the place was again almost completely destroyed by a bombing and again
rebuilt on the map dating from the 16th century.
The next town is Brienne, which is dominated by Napoleon, because he studied at the military school for five years. At RP11 is a museum dedicated to him.

We continue through the Forêt d'Orient nature reserve, which has three lakes. There are several hotels and campsites on these lakes where you can spend the night during your stay in this area.

The original end point of this ride is in Bar-du-Seine (RP13) a beautiful town on the still fairly narrow Seine. Bar-sur-Seine acts as a sort of gateway between Champagne and Burgundy. You can see from the beautiful old houses, some of them with half-timbering, that things used to go well here. This is a nice town for a walk and something to drink and eat. There is not much choice to spend the night in Bar-du-Seine, so we continue to Mesnil-Saint-Père on Lac d'Orient, where there are several hotels and campsites to spend the night.

I appreciate this route with 3 *** stars because of the beautiful roads through the beautiful French countryside and the nice pictures en route.

RP4 Lac du Bairon
RP13 Bar-du-Seine
Useful links:
Camping de Douzy
The Hôtel Le Château Fort de Sedan
Camping Resort le Lac d’Orient
Approach route part 2
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That France is one of the most beautiful and best touring countries is beyond doubt. It offers an incredibly varied landscape with good roads and a pleasant climate. It is not for nothing that you see so many motorcyclists there. My previous collection of 25 routes in France (25 Magnificent routes in France) were based on the route descriptions from the Motorbike Guide France part 1 made by Bert Loorbach.

This collection of 24 routes comes from Motortourgids France part 2. With this collection a difference has been made between approach routes and motorcycle tours in a certain area. The approach routes can also be used in combination with the routes from Motortourgids France part 1

The routes are sometimes slightly adjusted based on the tips that Bert Loorbach gives in his description, or because of a different place to spend the night, or to achieve the minimum length of 2 hours for the MRA Library. For each route there is a more detailed description in the review, including options for accommodation or places of interest along the way, which are also indicated with a POI and, if possible, with a short description.

Two or more routes have been made for a number of areas, such as Burgundy, Auvergne, The Alps, Tarn and Cévennen and Nord-Pas de Calais. These routes can be nicely combined in a multi-day trip.