Taking a break

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September 12th 2021
Published: September 12th 2021
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We arrived Friday at the family home of our friend Marie-Laure to stay for a couple of days. A really welcome break after 7 straight days of riding, between 60 and 80 km a day!

The first few days we rode through rolling farm country, often passing through villages with old stone houses. We spent a night in Vitré, where the old centre is full of half-timbered mediaeval houses, surmounted by a truly imposing castle.

We reached the Loire valley, and rode along the river and its tributaries for a couple of days. Lots of other cyclists on those routes!

Two nights ago we stayed in the village where Rene Descartes was born. His childhood home is now a museum, located on rue Descartes in the village of Descartes.

Here we've had a good rest, as well as constant conversation, much of it over leisurely French meals. Poulet roti, langoustines, omelette aux truffes, beaucoup de chevre de la region accompanied by a multiplicity of wines. French hospitality lives on!

Tomorrow it's back on the bikes, and into the Dordogne.

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12th September 2021

Yay, Vitre!
That’s better - it’s tough with us fans eh? ;) Sounds like you are having a fabulous time, and we wish we were also back on those roads. Thanks for the update; hi to Lynn, who also looks pretty happy as a new retiree.

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