Dull motorway much of the way. Sunny and warm but very windy. When you àre driving a car you don't much notice the wind, but on a bike you get almost blown away. Perhaps motorbikes aren't all they are cracked up to be, after all. I should have something of an answer after 4,000 miles, I guess.The trip did get interesting once I reached the Vosges. Wooded hills came into view and I rode through a gorgeous valley following a river for some 20 km. This was a big improvement scenery-wise on day 1.Poppies are out over here and can be seen in profusion along the edges of roads and at road junctions where there is unused land. I thought about stopping to take a picture but everyone's seen poppies so I just passed on by.