BernieW

BernieW

BernieW

My husband and I are both now retired and love cycling as a means to keep active and to meet others socially. We are members of Clitheroe Bike Club and try to cycle at least twice a week. We also love to tour both in this country and in Europe. Tours in this country include several tours of the Lake District, tours in the Yorkshire Dale's and The Way of the Rose's. Our trips in Europe have included cycling from Rotterdam or Zeebrugge to Nimes, Carcassonne, Prague, Venice, Vienna, Berlin and Milan. We usually average fifty miles a day and have a rest day every four or five days.
This year we are cycling from St Malo to Nice and taking a full month to do it so that we have time to enjoy it. For the first time ever we are going in September because we are no longer constrained to school holidays.( I was a Special Needs teacher in my former life). This is also the first time I have written a blog so it may take a while to get going!



Europe » France September 19th 2019

39 miles There was quite a decent choice for breakfast so that was a good start to the day. Amongst other things I had walnuts that needed to be shelled by using a nut cracker. I haven't done that for years. I eat a lot of nuts but they usually come from Lidl in a packet with no shells on! We stocked up for lunch at the Carrefour Express straight across from the hotel so there would be no worrying about looking for food later. After a couple of miles, slightly uphill on a very busy road, we turned onto a 'voir vert' following an old railway line and had six miles of flat smooth tarmac all in the shade. The next twelve miles or so were relatively flat and mostly shaded. A section of it ... read more

Europe » France September 18th 2019

Tuesday 17th September Breakfast this morning was quite basic and very drawn out. We went downstairs at eight o'clock and waited a while for the lady to appear. She showed us to the table we had been sat at last. Bit by bit she brought us orange juice, bread, croissants, jams, butter, ham, cheese and a yoghurt each. There was no rushing her and you had no idea when she would appear again or what she would bring. Paul opted for coffee and I had hot chocolate. I knew the coffee would be too strong for me. As we left we saw the Canadians were eating their breakfast sat outside and there was a young girl waiting on. We must have had breakfast too early for her fo arrive. We were on the road soon after ... read more

Europe » France September 17th 2019

Monday 16th September 48 miles We had an early breakfast to be off to a good start has decent miles to do and likely to be very hot . We went slightly off route first to buy provisions at Aldi and the cycle travel tried to take us a cross some private property that had locked gates so we ended up going back through Brantome so not such an early start. There was definitely more uphill today, mainly through farmland and forests. This part of France is one of the most scarcely populated areas of France. We were travelling through the truffle capital of France and along the Route de Foir Gras. Mid morning we stopped for yoghurt and Mars bars! When I bought some the other day I had to buy a pack of five ... read more

Europe » France September 15th 2019

Breakfast was better than expected and very leisurely as we had the time. The hotel is ok but quite basic. We could see that the bikes were in the way of staff getting in and out of the kitchen so we asked about moving them and were told to put them in the garage. We were pleased with this as it felt safer than just leaving them in the corridor with people in and out all the time. After breakfast we decided to have a walk round the town before the sun got too hot. We walked towards the Abbey and past houses and shops built into caves in the side of the cliff face. The Abbey itself was very impressive. Then we walked around the centre of the town which is very touristy with cafes ... read more

Europe » France September 15th 2019

Saturday 14th September 34 miles Breakfast was on the terrace with Sue and Phil and there was a great choice of food, including superb home grown melon. Very impressive. Phil had been to the Boulangerie for bread and croissants and seen five deer and a fox on his way and it was only a short distance. Then we were off again. Sue and Phil had jobs to do and were expecting Sue's daughter later in the day. As we were now off the official route we didn't have the guide book's description of the route so didn't really know what to expect. There was quite a lot of climbing today particularly earlier in the journey. Much of it was through forests so that helped to keep us in the shade. We needed to buy provisions for ... read more

Europe » France September 14th 2019

51 miles Friday 13th September Breakfast was good and in a lovely large conservatory and we talked to the three other cyclists about their route and touring in general. We agreed it was by far the nicest house we had ever stayed in. The owners said that it was too big for them and they wanted to share it with others. The hostess asked which way we were going and told us that rather than going down the hill to the bridge and back up the other side to get on the route we could get on a path straight across from the house and cycle over the disused viaduct, which used to carry the train line. It was a day of two halves. Paul and I cycled the twenty five miles to Manot along lovely ... read more

Europe » France September 14th 2019

62 miles Thursday 12th September Breakfast today was one of the worst we have had. There was fruit juice, bread, croissants, jam and honey, yoghurt and a hot drink. As the coffee was black only I asked for a hot chocolate which was very nice but strange to have for breakfast. We made the most of what there was and took a yoghurt each 'for the road'. We were away by nine o'clock having further to go. It was very foggy and quite cold when we set off but fortunately it didn't last long and the sun broke through and then it got warmer and warmer as the day went on. The morning saw us passing through pasture land and the afternoon through enormous arable fields. The fields had 'gatine' gates, a style peculiar to this ... read more

Europe » France September 11th 2019

37 miles. Chocolate rice cakes again for breakfast. It's very weird to be eating chocolate at breakfast. We supplemented breakfast with our own yoghurt. At least I could make very milky coffee. Using the link from Booking.com we booked the hotel they wanted to redirect us to and and some one from Booking.Com rang to say they knew we had done that and could they help with anything else. Another later set off as only a short mileage. We were soon heading out of town and on tiny roads through farm land. The first village we passed through had some of the houses built into the cliff sides. We went slightly off route in one small village because it was meant to have a supermarket. After riding round a little bit we found it and a ... read more

Europe » France September 10th 2019

Today's breakfast was definitely different. I had requested 'gluten free bread for one' on the booking form. Our table was set for two with two baskets of chocolate covered rice cakes. Luckily an attendant came and Paul could explain it was just 'sans gluten' for one so she brought him a basket with a baguette and croissants in. There was a basket with butter and jams in, a choice of cornflakes or chocolate cornflakes, orange juice and hot drinks. So not much variety. Eating chocolate for breakfast seemed very odd. Next we had a wander round town which was much busier than last night and the market was on. We found a supermarket and bought a few bits and had a coffee sat outside in the sunshine. The rest of the day was a mixture of ... read more

Europe » France September 10th 2019

48 miles Breakfast was downstairs and was laid out on the table with fresh fruit, cold rice pudding, breads, lots of home made jams, granola, ham , cheese and cake. The owner came across and made us coffee and sat and talked to us. He said the weather had been very variable. In May it was below freezing at one stage and in June above forty degrees. The cold rice pudding with the granola was surprisingly nice and we had plenty to eat. But no 'yoghurt to go'. ( If there are individual yoghurts we pick up a couple to have with nuts later. It can be surprisingly difficult to find individual yoghurts in supermarkets). We didn't rush to move on as check out wasn't until eleven o'clock and again we had less mileage. It was ... read more




Tot: 2.107s; Tpl: 0.027s; cc: 6; qc: 71; dbt: 0.0294s; 1; m:saturn w:www (104.131.125.221); sld: 2; ; mem: 1.4mb