Sunday, 27 June 2010

25/6/10: Drove down to folkstone,channel tunnel across to calais on bike minibus. Fantastic service,we were the only people on it! Then cycled 10miles to 8&8 near Guines. The owner was very friendly, but her dogs were not,they were essentially biting us!We cycled into town for meal (place heaving with Brits!) Got back&did some route planning before bed.

26/6/10: 1st full day,did 75miles to a village near Ardres Called 'Fonqueviller.' Baking heat all day,drank 7 litres in total and still felt thirsty!Quite hilly in this area despite what we thought. Found a v nice B&B to stay in with Dad, it was the upstairs of a Bar/Restaurant. The owner was a steriotypical Frenchman, serving food in his sleeveless top and telling us about his bookings&world cup opinions! He helped us plan a good route for the next day. We had Rabbit for dinner. Bedroom was basic but better than the tent I'll be staying in once Dad leaves!!Bed at 11pm,soooo tired! Legs fine but saddle wasnt exactly an armchair without going into too much detail....

27/6/10: Set off a little earlier at 9.15am after the slightly too late finish of yesterday! Headed south to 'Chauny' along some fantastic flat roads through the fields. Did 58miles. We spent a considerable amount of time near a canal towwpath although despite having Specialized Tricrosses, we both felt far more speed would be achieved on the parallel roads. Had lunch under some trees in a very well kept German cemetary-we are in the middle of the Somme area so plenty of graveyards to be seen unfortunately. We then picked up the pace&soon arrived in Chauny in time to head to a bar and see most of Germany seeing off England much to the amusmant of the locals! We struggled to find a B&B but eventually found one in the town, despite being told 'c'est vraiment terrible' by the owner of the bar opposite!

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like fun. When our family used to cycle the towpaths of the Nantes Brest canal and the Canal du Midi the worst thing was sore bum syndrome. being on a bike is much closer to naturenthan being in a car.

    Keep up the blogging.

    Wasn't the football dreadful! At least the French haven't got much to gloat about.