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... and rain, (we both agreed that we'd prefer the rain to the wind) after a rather short but good day's ride. Ypres is one of the prettiest towns we've been in this trip. It has a great old cobbled town square surrounded by lovely old buildings and a grand cathedral. There's a rather good WW1 Museum also in the town square. A 100m or so up the road of course is the famous Menin Gate, where the names of more than 54,000 "missing" British Empire soldiers from this area of battle ...
... biography of a 'Richmond boy' who died at Vimy Ridge. Our biography was well received by everyone. Josh was very nervous about sharing his work in front of 30 teachers.....:)) he felt very proud of himself when finished. In addition to reading Arthur Lewis' biography we left a few pieces of Richmond for him at the monument - a few rocks from the Jock River riverbed, soil from the Richmond Fairgrounds, a ...
... sobering thought that so many men who each had a family waiting for them back home were killed in that one attack on 19/20 July 1916. We rode back to the motel in the rain without too much to say. Lille is the first city in this part of France we've come across with decent cycle paths, which surprised us. Granted some cities have had paths but 5-10km out they dried up. We hadn't seen many touring cyclists at all ...
... name for a French motel) to drop our bikes and gear off but our room was ready so we checked in. Then went wandering to check out central Lille, pick up some local guide-books and get a caffeine fix. All achieved successfully, Office de Tourisme have been so helpful every time we've used them. We liked Lille as soon as we saw it. We knew that Le Tour de France was finishing in Lille this day, but we hadn't particularly planned it that way. Seeing our ...
... we stopped for dinner. French Onion Soup for me and a cheese platter for Terry. And still he wanted to walk. So we walked the length of the Champs Élysées to the Arc de Triumph. Finally he decided time to walk home. We probably walked about 12km that day and he is still recovering! After a few wrong turns, we finally made it back to our hotel for the night. Had to set the alarm for an early start next ...
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