Land of Locks

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

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Flag of France  , Brittany,
Friday, September 18, 2009

Cycling at it’s best!  Canal routes are to die for.  Flat, well-packed, sheltered from the wind, beautiful scenery, and traffic free!

An overcast day gave the canal that misty-morning look for most of the day.  Peaceful and quiet, it was us and the water and the trees.  Occasional fishers, man with dogs, or couples holding hands could be seen along the path, but for the majority of the time we were on our own.  Peacefully listening to the songs of the birds, the humm of insects, or water pouring over the locks.  Watching dragonflies dance over the path in front of me while trees slowly began to cloak themselves into their autumn wardrobe and maize stood at attention like an army awaiting orders to march into battle.  What a beautiful reprive!

Amazing how things work out…Sometimes thoughts of craziness and irresponsibility spill into my head when thinking of this trip and the lack of planning we’ve done.  Other times,  it’s thoughts of adventure and spontaneity.  A few days ago we were at our farm-stay in Vire as planned.  Then we were whisked to the Corlesquet’s through the generosity of our host.  We thought Dillany and Steph were in the US at this point, but they were delayed due to VISA difficulties and we were able to connect with them.  During some initial conversations with Steph’s Dad, he asked if we knew about the Canal route.  Of course we didn’t - having no plans except ‘we’re on our way to Italy’.  So we looked into it, and here we are!

360km of peace and quiet along the beautiful canal route.  About 80km farther than if we took the roads since the river twists and turns.  One extra day of relaxed cycling seems like a sufficient trade-off for me!  Even some 'rough' camping tonight is a welcome change.  The only problem I forsee being on the canal is that we’re not passing through a  lot of towns with shops for supplies.  But I always have a few ‘emergency’ meals with us and I’m once again happy that we’re self-sufficient for making our own food. 
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