Yesterday, Dick picked up a great map of the front lines during WWI in this greater area. So far we have explored a good bit of the Rive Gauche-Argonne and Verdun-Douaumont area. Basically, the front line area North and East of Verdun.
Carolyn wants to go down to Bar-le-Duc to see the 16th Century old city. This just happens to be the beginning of the Voie Sacre’e Nationale or Scared Way that was the only supply road to the forces in Verdun and is very close to the Les Eparges-Saillant De Saint area, the front line south-east of Verdun. Dick is interested in seeing this area also.
We have a another leisurely breakfast and decide to hit the A-4 again over to Haudiomont and head south working our way along the front lines to Saint Mihiel then head over to Bar-le-Duc and back home. With a picnic lunch in hand, we get on the road.
We pass through Saint Remy-la-Calonne and visit a village church and the French Military Cemetery behind it.
Needless to say our day is getting longer. It is now about 4PM and we are about two hours from home if we follow our planned loop and we still haven’t seen Carolyn’s 16th Century town. Fortunately it is light well after 8 so we continue with the plan.
We drive down part of the Scared Way to Bar-le-Duc. Hmm...remember the problem with 5PM? Well Bar-le-Doc has the same problem. Fortunately we fine a parking place and are able to walk around a little and see the newer church of St. Jean built in 1875.
Now it is definitely time to head home...but we make just one more detour for Dick. He is reading a book about the Meuse/Argonne Battle and the village of Acocourt is mentioned early in the book. "When got through taking that village, there were not two bricks left on top of each other." He wants to see and what we find is a quiet, deserted looking farming community on a late Friday evening. There is certainly no evidence of the events of 1918.
We have another 10km to go to home and the route takes us through Vauquois and below Butte de Vauguois another significant piece of ground from 1918. We will take at look at it tomorrow or Monday.
It is quite cool, in the upper 50s, and we are ready for some supper as it is after 8PM. Carolyn creates some passable spaghetti from thin air and we share the little pizza we bought in Verdun along with a salad and the Mirabelle tart. Quite good.
Dick crashes and Carolyn sits up working on this blog. Her computer runs out of juice and she takes it into the kitchen to plug it in. She notices a funny smell but cannot find the source. Later she goes back to be sure the computer is charging and the smell is stronger. A hissing sound then registers with her and she determines that a gas burner on the stove has been opened. She quickly turns it off and opens up the house to air it out. It seems that you can open the valves on the stove burners without pushing the knob down, hearing any clicking sound or making any other conscious effort. Scary!
Note to readers...September 1 got out of order somehow and is located between September 5 and 6 posts.