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Loire valley by bike - questions

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Rent a hybrid or road bike? (forwarding luggage twice)
Azay or Usse? (Have heard Azay... even if scaffolding?).
Anything missing below?
Other advice?

Sunday 4 Sept - arrive Chinon. Rent bike afternoon or Monday morning?
Monday - bike Chinon to Fontevraud (10mi) then to Breze (7mi) then to Saumur (or other) train station. Saumur (7.5mi) = 25 miles. Train to Tours
(mileage based on google maps, not locally-mapped bike paths)

Tuesday - bike Tours to Villandry 11mi and then to Azay or Usse (9 or 15mi). Bike to nearby train station and train back to Tours = 20-26+ miles.

Wednesday - bike Tours to Amboise (15mi) and then to Chenonceau (10 mi). Train back to Amboise = 25 miles. Return bikes and stay overnight.
Thurs AM visit Clos Luce and then train to Tours.

or
Weds - explore Tours in the morning and train to Amboise in afternoon. Thurs train to Chenonceau and bike back to Tours (via Amboise = 25mi).

I like the idea of a rest day, but might be better to bike 3 days in a row and then IF rain, we have flexibility to postpone. But if all goes well, we return the bikes a day earlier, thus saving $$.

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