Yearly Archives: 2017

Perpignan to Port-La-Nouvelle

The 4am alarm clock wasn't pretty, but having driven up to Stansted the night before and stayed at the Radisson Blu, I had little to do other than fall out of bed and into the airport. Despite the Radisson having a rather interesting bar... I was well behaved and had retired to bed by ten…
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Morlaix to Brest

The final ride of the tour. I was a little sad to leave Moraix. Not least because the day began with nearly 1000ft climb, but also because it seemed a genuinely lovely town. The people at the guesthouse were extremely friendly and indeed everyone I had met had been more than happy to help with…
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Saint Brieuc to Morlaix

I have to admit to being a little the worse for wear awaking this morning. The six pints of 1664 and a late night had taken more toll than I'd realised. With the waiter looking askance at me, in my half wakened state I managed to use my coffee cup saucer as a plate and…
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St Malo to Saint Brieuc

Ok, so I'm a couple of days behind on posting stuff to here. Mainly due to the fact that whilst hotels advertise "Free WiFi" there is nothing to say that the wifi then connects to anything like a decent internet connection. In many cases it doesn't and my online time has been fairly limited. I…
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Bayeux – Coutances – St Malo

Waking up in Bayeaux on Sunday to find that the wind had dropped was a pleasure. Everything was quiet. And I do mean everything. France on a Sunday is the most spooky place, coming from a country where Sunday is no longer a special day. The streets are deserted, everything closed. I wolfed down a…
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Caen to Bayeux

Thankfully this morning's ride wasn't intended to be too tough, just out to the coast at Ouisterham and up along the British D-Day beaches before turning inland and heading for Bayeux. It was a slow start after a few too many beers in Caen, but after about five miles of flat cycle paths towards Ouisterham…
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Fécamp to Caen

This was the hardest morning of the ride so far. Setting off into pouring rain and driving wind, I was soaked within about five minutes of a big climb out of Fécamp. There aren't many photos from this morning at all - all I could see was a dirty grey smear for a good few…
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Le Tréport to Fécamp

What a difference the wind makes. Today the wind has dropped significantly and swung around to the east. Temperatures much higher and I was actually able to freewheel some. The previous couple of days have seen me pedalling downhill and only achieving 8mph at times, so strong was the headwind. So good progress today and…
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Boulogne-Sur-Mere to Le Treport 

So much for better weather today. The morning began very much as yesterday left off. Cold and windy. After today I'm starting to get the impression that March is not the time of year for cycle touring in Northern Europe! The day continued in much the same vein as I continue I wasn't able to…
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Dunkirk to Boulogne-Sur-Mere

Today was the first real cycling day of this trip. I thought I was being kind to myself and starting with a nice easy day. That turned out not to be the case. Leaving the hotel in good time after a slightly disappointing breakfast I was optimistic about the days riding. The Yellow weather warning…
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Pre-Trip Preparations

Cycling Technology For this trip I've invested in some new technology to help me along the way. A constant issue on previous trips was how to keep batteries re-charged on navigation and communication devices. I spent a little cash with the good folk at SJS Cycles (St John Street Cycles) and asked them to build…
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The North Coast of France – East to West

Roughly six months on from my last bike adventure and I'm getting itchy feet again. At this time of year most people are booking up package holidays in Torrimolenos, I'm planning a couple of weeks worth of cycling. I seem to be quite good at planning routes now, having done a few of these tours…
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