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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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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

Cycling day 5: Cheverny to Tours

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So it didn’t rain last night but when I was approaching Cheverny strong wind and rain came up and I saw a sign which offered a Chambre d’hôtes (like Bed & Breakfast) – so I decided to take this instead of camping.
As I’ve had a great Italian Dinner my eyes felt close while writing my diary…

Today I set off after breakfast and chat with the only frech speaking older woman managing this house and I cycled through the countryside – up and down.

But than I approached the second highlight what’s because I didn’t followed the Loire –
Château Chenonceau.

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My plan for today was to go to a camping a few kilometers behind Tours – but as I was thinking about how to find it there came up one just along the way….what do you want more after a sunny cycling day bringing you 90 km nearer to the atlantic sea.

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Cycling day 3: Back on track after 5 years

Today was the last day of cycling with Francis and we had a really good time.
Riding along a canal could be a great thing as it’s flat – but the problem is that it could be also very narrow, so if you carrying a trailer it’s like pulling the brakes all the time.

So we decided to split our ways for about 20 km, I went on a nearby road and we met again on the EuroVelo 6 track.

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It was a marvellous thing to be back as I’ve been cycling that track 5 years ago in the other direction to Basel in Switzerland.
Those days I was in the beginning of cycling didn’t know how the things run…but it was interesting to find out.

So the original plan was to accompany Francis to the station and say good bye after we had a great ice-cream and some bread.
But suddenly – 7 km before Orléans – there was a strange noise…so the left wheel of the trailer lost air and I had to replace it.

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Francis said goodbye for about 3 weeks as I’ll pick up my car in Paris again and
drive home.

I head off to Orleans to look for Emilie, which should be my Couchsurfing host for tonight.
We talked and talked and found out that we are hungry – so set off to find a nice restaurant.
Than we switched to a bar and a girl from Peru who is living here and knows Emilie came to join us. A great evening in a crowded street where the party is going on…great!

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Part One: From Paris to St. Nazaire (EuroVelo 3/6)

Now there are less than two weeks left to go…here we´ve got the first part of my trip in 2015 with 722 km.

The first days I´m going to cycle with a good friend from Paris (nearly) along the “Pilgrim´s route” EuroVelo 3
down to Orléans via Fontainebleu where we will visit the famous Chateau.
After having a stop in Montargis we´ll approach Orléans and Francis will go back by train.

Now I´m on the EuroVelo 6 along the river Loire – but first there will be the Château Chambord
and Château Cheverny on the plan to visit.

Exploring the cities Tours and Saumur I´m going to see also the outstanding Château Chenonceau and
Château Villandry – but after so many cultural sights I´d like to enjoy a little bit of city life in Nantes
where there is the Festival “Velo City 2015 – Nantes” to be watched.

Finally I will reach the atlantic sea after 722 km in St. Brevin-les-pins where I´ve been already several times.


http://www.bikemap.net/en/route/3023203-pts-paris-stnazaire/

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Part One: From Paris to St. Nazaire

Counting down – 3 weeks to leave Paris

I can´t believe it – in only 3 weeks time I´m going to leave Paris accompanied by a good friend who live there heading towards Orléans.

I will continue by myself visiting again the wonderful river Loire I´ve been cycling in 2010  to St. Nazaire.
This cycling-path is also called the EuroVelo 6 from the atlantic coast to the black sea.

Here I´m going to follow the EuroVelo 1 heading south on the “Vélodysée” along the coast approaching Bordeaux wich I´ve been visiting two years ago in 2013 on my way to Nice.

But this time my recumbentbike, the trailer and me we are going to see the countryside heading towards Pau and then let the wheels running down to Bayonne.
Finally there will be – hopefully – some time to relax at the wonderful beach to the way to Hendaye where I´m going to take the train back to Paris.

Looking forward to this great journey – if you got any ideas what to visit – just let me know!