So today I had to leave the comfort zone and entering another…but this was nether the less interesting !
I’ve left La Rochelle towards Rochefort as I was looking forward to see the ‘old’ ship ‘Hermionne’ – but as I could find out its at the moment in the new world.
Afterwards I made a mistake following the EuroVelo 1 which leeds you around a nearby river – but I wanted the use the ‘Trasporteur’ – maybe next time…
But then I met a english couple from Bristol and they are on there way back home via Roscoff – after more than two years.
They’ve seen China, Australia, New Zealand, India and so many other countries you can’t imagine – but now they’re looking forward to get home again.
Cycling in this county is the completely different than doing it in the Vendée.
They are often signposted ‘after’ the important corners, you can cycle along a motorway, Route National or next to a busy road on a big town…compared to the Vendée it was the difference between day and night.
Also the ground was very often not that solid and nice like the days before…
Perhaps the responsible people should take a lesson in the Vendée – or should be send out without map – could end in a disaster…
But than there was at the end of the day a meeting with some Warmshowers friends where I was allowed to stay one night.
It’s a network for cyclists – like Couchsurfing. So I helped in the garden, Benoît showed me the production of Oysters and in the end we ate about half past 10 – and had really good fun sharing our travel stories…
So after cycling 95 km also having seen two beavers running over my cyclepath I had a really funny and interesting day…in 7 days this will be my last cycling day…can’t believe it.
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.
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 😉
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…
Finally after some problems to download my tracks to the GPS now here comes part two of my journey starting in several days…
First I’ll have a look at my beloved St. Brevin-les-pins where I’ve been already some times starting my cycling trips. The first impressions of the coast and what I’m looking forward – the best bread and ice cream I’ve had on my 19.000 km I’ve been cycling now… The old harbour of Pornic.
Next stop is the Ile d’Noirmoutier with it’s tricky ‘Passage du Gois’ – crossing a 4 km long road to the island – but only by bike when there is low tide 😉
Up now we’ve got the famous beach of Le Sables-d’Olonne where there is a nice camping at the end of the town.
A highlight of this area is of course La Rochelle with it’s old harbour and Marine Museum. Here I’d like to stay the second rest-day, if possible with Couchsurfing or Warmshowers friends.
Going on travelling along the EuroVelo 1 down the south here comes Rochefort and after the outstanding beach Andrew described on his blog cyclingeurope.org I’ll reach the ferry in Royan to follow an old pilgrims route, the EuroVelo 3 wich comes from Tours crossing the country.
Next Highlight after about 200 km will be the Bassin of Arcachon with it’s famous (but for an vegetarian uninteresting) seafood and shells.