Back in the Saddle Again

Trip Start May 22, 2009
Trip End Feb 16, 2010

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Flag of France  , Brittany,
Thursday, September 17, 2009

Sad parting this morning leaving the Corlesquet’s.  They were a wonderful family and I only wish we were able to let to know them a bit better and help a bit more around the farm.  Mami gave us a gar of her homemade jelly for the road - I could have almost cried!  She took the blackberries (Muir) that I picked and brought them as a present (cadeaux) on the first day and made it into jelly for us.  I cannot wait to try it on some crepes.  What pleasant memories it will bring us. 

Terrible shock when we were loading up the gear today.  One of the pannier's main clips was broken.  These are made of very thick plastic.  Neither Brian nor myself have any idea of what could have happened or when it happened.  We haven’t been cycling in so long now...  All I know is that it was fine when we arrived in France, and it’s broken now.  Most of the time they've just been sitting in a corner unused.  I wonder if it was damaged loading in and out of the car on our ride to Brest?

Fortunately there was a cycle shop in Lesneven which was very close by and wasn’t out of the way of our journey.  Brian had the fun job of communicating the problem, but it wasn’t difficult.  One quick look at the bag and the attendant rigged up a toe strap to go around the rack.  C’est ca!

Good ride today.  No sun, but no rain either.  Hilly, but hey are long and gradual.  Both of us are a little out of shape after 2 weeks without riding and too much bread, farz, pain au chocolate, etc., etc.  We are heading towards the Nantes-Brest Canal which should be a nice ride.  About 4-5 days and 360km to Nantes. 

Along the way we ran into a little snag.  Bad planning put us onto a dual carriageway where bikes were not allowed.  However, upon arrival at the junction there was a sign for a cycle route to the town we were heading towards - around the motorway!  Like everyone says:  the French respect cycling!

Our first French campsite.  Looks like this will be a pleasant journey.  First of all, they are located everywhere!  And being the off-season, prices and cheaper and vacancies are everywhere.  At only around 8 Euro for the night it will be easy to stay within budget!

Had a little visitor during the night. Over the last few months of cycling and camping throughout Britain, we’ve slacked a little in the camping department.  Not having any little creatures to worry about, the food stays in the tent, and I often leave out the next day’s breakfast and lunch to save time packing and organizing.  However, in the night we had a little French rodent visitor.  I know it’s French not only because we’re in France, but because of what it ate.  Out of the lovely buffet of:  apple, blue cheese, salami, and crepes, it chose only crepes and cheese!  Bon Appetit!
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