Four guys sailing from Ireland to Bayonne

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Here is just a link of four guys I’ve met in the youth hostel in La Rochelle…they are sailing with an old fisherman’s boat along the Atlantic Coast…really impressive ! Keep on sailing, guys!
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Four Irish men sailing to Bayonne

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Rest day 2: Exploring La Rochelle

Today I’ve had my second day off, spent a little time at the doctor to check a blood value – but then I’ve visited the Aquarium – absolutely great !

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Dangerous also for visitors 😉

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I’ve also visited the bunker of La Rochelle from the second world war…it wasn’t open to public into the eighties.
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And than I’ve been walking through the old city and found some wonderful shops, for instance this coffee shop which sells organic-fairtrade beans.
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And of course there was the old harbour I was looking at…so tomorrow I’m back on my bike and hope there will be sun…
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Cycling day 11: Running to La Rochelle

Today I just quickly packed my stuff together, had my usual big breakfast (in french thinking, with muesli and banana) and drove to the next shop to buy something for the day.

As I knew I had to cycle about 115 km I thought there would be an option to shorten it – well in the end it where 120 km in 7:17 h…but good training.
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I’ve passed some friends and the way was most of the time great – you could go really quick – if there weren’t some strong winds – driving the wrong direction, of course 😉
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So in the end I was very happy not to have chosen the campingsite but taken the youthhostel which is great.
I didn’t sleep until midnight checking Couchsurfer and the weather – and it said rain for the next days…

But I was very lucky to arrive in La Rochelle dry and now after having had a great dinner at the hostel I sit on the terrace and enjoy the sundowner…
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Cycling day 11: Back to the continent

This morning I left my old campingsite and had to cross the bridge – nothing if I think back to last year’s crossing from the island Fehmarn (Baltic Sea) with those really strong winds.

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After that I’ve started a perfect cycling day on the Vendée a vélo which you lead through forests and I never would have thought that there are streets – but my gps told me so.

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Rolling down the coast I found again the Bretagne – kind of…it’s a strip of countryside which is like in the northern part of the country…and only a few people.

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Finally the last few kilometres I had to stop so often to take pictures and enjoy the scenery…so I arrived in Les Sables-d’Olonne and got my piece of grass for my tent.

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Cycling day 10: Taking the Passage du Gois

So this morning with bright sunshine I left my beloved St. Brevin-les-pins and headed towards Pornic which is very famous for its old town and harbour.

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After having the obligatory ice-cream I continued the cyclepath along the coast – it remind me on my trip to the Bretagne 3 years ago.

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But than you’ve to enter the countryside again and cycle along canals and so you come to the ‘Vendee’ which is very flat.
The highlight now is the Passage du Gois, where you can cross a path only twice a day for 3 hours – it depends on the tide. But your also can get shells and so many people go there to catch them easily.

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After passing this with dry wheels I cycled half of the island around and my campingsite which I was two years ago…Now as I’m writing the blog I swing in the hammock having had lunch with my gas cooker…perfect day!

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Cycling day 9: Approaching the Atlantic Coast

Now I’m sitting in a cool restaurant next to the beach enjoying a Wok and a Bordeaux vine…after having a swim in the pool of the campingsite – what could you expect more ?

Today was just a 75 km ride but I’ve started it at about half past eleven – as I had to find a market who sells my kind of gas cookers…that’s one of the key questions, believe me…

But as you know there is the Velo City 2015 in Nantes – so you can find all kind of bikes.

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But I couldn’t leave the city without saying goodbye to the machines…

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If you leave Nantes you have to cross the river Loire by time…it’s just a short trip by ferry…dedicated to Daniela.
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Now your follow the last kilometers of the EuroVelo 6 to St. Brevin-les-pins and there you’re at the final point of so many journeys…
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So now you can choose from some campingsites and enjoy the atlantic sea – finally after about 720 km starting in Paris.
Tomorrow I’ll start the next part to Arcachon and looking forward to meet there Detlef who is responsible for the Facebook site for the Dune du Pilat.
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A grand day out in Nantes

To be honest – I was really angry as I typed the complete post already – and it gone. So here comes a short one with the most important – the pics, sent out of my hammock on the campingsite in Nantes.

I’ve started my day visiting the Velo City of Nantes, a festival to support bikes in cities. It’s a pity I haven’t been here two days ago as there was a bike parcours with 7.000 people.

So I’ve visited the Compagnie des Machines with its famous elephant, Carrousel and Galerie.
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The famous elephant
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Galerie des Machines

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The new branch - later there will be 22 of them

Now I went to the ancient part of the city and visited the Cathedral, the Musée des ducs de Bretagne, the Jardin de plants and finally the former factory of biscuits ‘LU’ with a great variety of alternative acts and arts.
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Tower of LU
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Jardin de plants

Tomorrow I’ll be on the road again to St.Brevin-les-pins next to the atlantic coast.
A really great day in a marvellous city with so many things to explore.

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Cycling day 8: Welcome to Nantes

This morning I’ve allowed myself the comfort of sleeping a little bit longer and had an amazing breakfast with sunshine in my head. So I’ve started off to cycle just about 75 km (the last days were always around 90 km) and enjoyed the sun again. So my first stop was the abbey were you have to climb the hill of the city but than you’ve got an outstanding view. image image image The surrounding of this cathedral was outstanding so I’ve had a look around. image image After cycling some kilometres I found another church in a small town…as I think (as an ‘agnostic’ person) a believers place hasn’t to be always great – it depends on the vibrations you can feel there… image image Than there was lunchtime and as most of the time – a wonderful place popped up… image After entering the big city of Nantes a cool man on his bike accompanied me to the campingsite, which is situated 5 km outside of the town. But there you can find everything you need as a cyclist – washing machine, trees for the hammock, Wi-Fi and a great surrounding. image So tomorrow is my first day off after around 500 km in 6 days and I’ll explore the interesting city of Nantes – looking forward to this. Veröffentlicht mit WordPress für Android

Cycling day 7: Saumur to Montjean-sur-Loire

Well, this morning I was more than happy about my special breakfast place…After having packed my tent together it started raining…

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So I left Saumur and cycled the first hours without sunblocker but around midday I was happy to use it again…I had enough rain last year on my way from Berlin to Copenhagen.

So on my way I met a guy from Montreal on a 3000 km trip through Europe – keep on rolling !

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In the end I went again for camping…I must say I’m.getting used to it, some cooking in the evening and before that some swimming in the pool.

Life can be so easy…that’s all what you have to think about…where to cycle, what to eat and where to sleep.
I’m really looking forward to the atlantic sea…

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Cycling day 6: From Tours to Saumur

As I had yesterday evening some wine with a german couple next to my tent…here is the post a little bit later. Starting my day with organic-fairtrade Samba (kind of Nutella but better) I drove to Tours to find a bicycle shop to get a new inner tyre for my trailer. After searching around, asking some pedestrians I found a really cool shop – the people there spoke english and I would be happy to have such at home. image The sun came out and this was a day just cycling and enjoying the countryside – so here come some pics… image image image Finally I’d like to have an ice-cream and went into a small market in a really small town – but there you could also get the now very famous Charlie Hebdo. image The satirical Paper now again on the market after being attacked In the end I came to Saumur where I found a cool camping with pool and rain-proove table. And also the couple mentioned above…great day! image Veröffentlicht mit WordPress für Android

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