The Upper Loire

  Tuesday 1st August, Sully-sur-Loire, 63 km Unpaved to start, then cobbles. A mixture of roads and paths in the heat. Our map showed two campsites around Sully. The first didn’t appeal very much so we pushed on into town, where the chateau, with a large green moat, was breathtakingly beautiful. The second campground had …

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Chateaux Country, continued

Friday 28th July, La-Ville-aux-Dames, 73 km Paved trails helped us put on some miles after our unusually (even for us) late start. Getting into and through Tours was well signed and surprisingly easy. Getting out of town was not quite so straightforward after I ignored a sign telling us to go west (in order to …

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Chateaux Country

Monday 24th July, Saumur, 55 km More pretty Loire Valley countryside, and small towns and villages. Again, nothing spectacular but a nice gentle feel to it all. We stopped at a church, Église Saint-Aubin. The high stone ceiling and arches were similar to those of Église Saint-Symphorean that we’d seen the previous day. Later, in …

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Starting up the Loire Valley

Wednesday 19th July, Saint Nazaire, 60 km Pleasant riding towards the city of Saint Nazaire, just on the north side of the Loire estuary from the start of the EuroVelo 6, our chosen route across France. Everything so far has been to get to the start of this route. We didn’t have any expectations for …

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Into Brittany

Friday 14th July, Dinan to Saint-Onen-la-Chapelle, 56 km. (Bastille Day. And Mum’s 85th!) A bit of everything (good) today. Back through town, carefully down the steep cobbled streets, to the river. Over the old bridge and along the Rance (now a canal), stopping to phone my mum in London to wish her a happy 85th …

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The night-boat to St Malo

Tuesday 11th July London to somewhere between Portsmouth and St Malo Three of us left Greenwich for Waterloo station at around 12:30, having been forced to give up waiting for Charles, the cab-driver who still had my reading glasses in his cab. Chris came along, thankfully, to make sure we (I) didn’t get lost on …

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Out of the big city…

Thursday 18th May. Greenwich to Chertsey. About 63 km. I was in England and had time to ride for a couple of weeks. I’d never really contemplated touring in the UK; I was too used to the fast and fairly aggressive driving and didn’t think it would be much fun. But I’d bought a guidebook, …

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