Monthly Archives: July 2019

The French Chapter – Day 48 – Sorde-l’Abbaye to Saint-Palais

We left Sorde-l’Abbaye without knowing our destination for the day. All our attempts at booking two beds for the night had met with failure – we couldn’t understand how everywhere for 35km was full when we had only seen two … Continue reading

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The French Chapter – Day 47 – Saint-Paul-lès-Dax to Sorde-l’Abbaye

Walking again! It was a little strange but the weather was good for walking. We followed the shell markers out of Dax and into the foothills of the Pyrenees. We sheltered from a couple of squalls and walked and walked. … Continue reading

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The French Chapter – Day 46 – Léon to Saint-Paul-lès-Dax

Today we join the Tour route, the main pilgrim route from Paris to Saint Jean Pied de Port. We cycled from Léon to Castes along the road and joined a cycle path to Taller where we picked up the Tour … Continue reading

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The French Chapter – Day 45 – Mimizan Plage to Léon

A very pleasant ride through pine forest as we headed south just inland from the coast. We stopped at Saint-Girons-Plage for a drink and came across Rico Velo bicycle repair shop where we had Fi’s front inner tube replaced as … Continue reading

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The French Chapter – Day 44 – Biscarrosse to Mimizan Plages

The forecast was rain all day but we had a break in the rain after breakfast and headed south on the EV1 parallel to a road. The rain got us after an hour as we passed through Parentis-en-Born and Gastes. … Continue reading

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The French Chapter – Day 43 – Gujan-Mestras to Biscarrosse

A thunderstorm delayed our early morning departure and we started at 9am in the rain. The forecast is for rain and thunderstorms all day. We cycle out of Gujan-Mestras and the cycle path runs parallel to road for quite a … Continue reading

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The French Chapter – Day 42 – Lacanau-Ocean to Gujan-Mestras

Another hot day is forecast. We have breakfast at the hotel and start peddling. The cycle path carries us over undulating sand dunes in the shade of large pine forest. As the day progresses we get into more populated areas … Continue reading

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The French Chapter – Day 41 – Royan to Lacanau-Ocean

We caught the first ferry across the river and started cycling at 7.45am from Verdon-Sur-Mer. We picked up the “Voie du Soulac” Camino markers along the EV 1 route. The path took us along railway tracks, over dunes, along roads. … Continue reading

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The French Chapter – Days 40 – Ronce-les-Bains to Royani

Before we left Ronce-les-Bains I checked Fi’s bike and found the front brake rubbing against the rim. A spring had popped out of its clip. This would explain Fi’s sore legs from yesterday’s ride! I did my best to get … Continue reading

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The French Chapter – Days 39 – Rochefort to Ronce-les-Bains

We set off at 6.30am because today is forecast to be hot. We don’t have accomodation booked, we’ll see how far we can go first. The path took us though agricultural wetland and it was home to a variety of … Continue reading

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The French Chapter – Day 38 – Sainte Soulle to Rochefort

We both felt quite sad to leave Clive and Aude this morning. It’s been great to see him and get to know Aude and the family. I’m sure we will be back. Day 38 was spent cycling to Rochefort. We … Continue reading

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The French Chapter – Days 36 & 37 – Rest days

We went back to the bicycle shop in La Rochelle and selected the paneers etc. and got them fitted to the bikes. Thanks Rowan for your advice on bike touring! When everything was ready we picked them up and emptied … Continue reading

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The French Chapter – Day 35 – Mauzé-sur-le-Mignon to Surgères

We found our way out of town going toward Surgères but the markers disappeared and the instructions were lost in translation. We used an app called Komoot to find the way – thanks Rowan from the Blue Mountains for putting … Continue reading

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The French Chapter – Day 34 – Saint-Hilaire-La-Palud to Mauzé-sur-le-Mignon

We left after breakfast at the B&B and followed the first arrow from the church. It lead us out out the village and after a few km we turned left and followed a canal all the way to Mauzé-sur-le-Mignon. We … Continue reading

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The French Chapter – Day 33 – Maille to Saint-Hilaire-La-Palud

With only 14km to Saint-Hilaire-La-Palud we set off after a leisurely breakfast. Walking along a network of crisscrossing canals we arrived by mid-day. This is the last village of the last stage in the Vendée region. Tomorrow we walk into … Continue reading

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