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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Pathankot to Pathankot, via Joginder Nagar

Pathankot, Punjab 16th June, 2016 In retrospect, taking a taxi to Pathankot was a very good idea. We left Delhi at around 6:30 am and made good progress, weaving between lanes in that particular Indian flow to driving where any gap sufficient (barely) for a vehicle becomes a traffic lane and the actual road lane …

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Delhi – and how to leave it

Bloomroom Hotel, New Delhi June 14th 2016 My first ever cycle tour, in 1991, started in Bombay (I don’t think it was yet Mumbai, but could be wrong). I was in a shabby hotel, not far from the airport, and spent the first day making a lengthy journey downtown to try to find some maps: …

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Back to Bilbao

Our plan was to take the train back to Bilbao. This involved a regular service to Ferrol and then two days of narrow-gauge back along our coastal route. After finding it was too late to ‘mail’ our bikes and guarantee delivery in Bilbao before flying back to England, we checked into an unremarkable hotel and …

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Camino Inglès (part 2)

(Much overdue post; better get it done before the new summer journal starts in a couple of days) Reasonably priced hotels seemed to be in short supply but we found one for a splurge. When we mentioned to possibility of two nights, we were redirected to an apartment the hotel had in the old city. …

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Camino Inglès (part 1)

Saturday 9th August, 32.8 km, Ferrol – Pontedeume After a typically limited Spanish breakfast, we did battle with the bikes to get them back down to street level, loaded up and then found our way to the tourist office at the beginning of the Camino Inglès. There was some event going on – it looked …

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Sticking with the coast

Wednesday 5th August, 61.2 km, Villaframil – Viveiro A long day (for us). Now we’re really off the Camino del Norte, despite seeing a sign for it and the Camino do Mar above a shop. Bev went in to see if we could get any information about the Camino do Mar. No luck as far as …

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