Day 4 Parthenay to Confolens

Temp 10c and cloudy but at least the rain of yesterday had stopped overnight, the city soon gave way to open countryside through Pompaire I came to Menigoute as the sun appeared, a lovely little town with a beautiful old church and a water tower that had been given some street art to brighten its…

Day 3 Brissac Quince to Parthenay

A cloudy start with a temperature of 14c and a south-westerly wind of 20mph. The ride continues through small villages and vineyards to St Remy la Varenne and then after a couple of miles I rejoined the Loire. The road runs alongside the river and to the other side is high walls hiding imposing riverside…

Day 2 Vitre to Brissac-Quince

The day started overcast and very misty with a temperature of 5c that required a thicker long sleeve jersey to start. The roads out of Vitre were very good and I was soon rolling along through lanes and countryside that were a mix of arable and livestock. Lots of silage was being cut as well…

Day 1 St Malo to Vitre

As the ramps lowered on the car ferry at St Malo by chance we were second vehicle off so avoided any security delays. We were aiming for the Fort National, near to the official start line for St Malo to Nice. St Malo was still asleep, we had forgotten it was a Bank Holiday in…

Binsted to Nice, “Le Grande Depart”

After last years Lands End to John O Groats cycle ride Kaye announced that she would rather not do another trip that involved chasing me around the country in the motor home. This was a real spanner in the works as I had my mind set on another trip, this time cycling from Binsted to…