Ouistreham to Fougeres

Our trip to the Semaine Federale this year at Mortagne-au-Perche started early to beat the seasonal hike in ferry prices designed to catch those restricted to school holidays for travel. With time to spare we decided to explore the area and our first stop was going to be Fougeres, a town I passed through on my…

A Late Summer Tour – Part 2

September 13th and I woke to a sunny start for my 65th birthday, I was now feeling like a professional cyclist, paid by the state to train. I share a birth date with Roald Dahl and one of his many quotes resonates and could have been written for me. After a walk into Bedoin for…

A Late Summer Tour – Part 1

As we had several immovable appointments towards the end of the year we decided on a three-week trip to France to revisit some of the towns I passed through on my ride earlier in the year. The plan was to drive to Provence and work our way back through the Loire Valley where Kaye could…

Bedouin, A Week In Provence.

After finishing my ride from Hampshire to Nice the next three weeks were holiday but we were not sure where as the fuel shortage in France was looming large. I had wanted to ride up Mt Ventoux again, this time from Bedoin so we decided to retrace our steps and depending on fuel we would have…

Day 11 Forcalquier to Castellane

Forecast part cloudy 9c to start but rising to 25c. The day does not start well as I immediately get myself lost just trying to exit the town but soon find the D4100, this section is back into open countryside most of the way to Oraison, just before the town I noticed one fuel station…

Day 10 St-Etienne-des-Sorts to Forcalquier.

Weather cloudy start 11c. Over breakfast Kaye had been checking the weather on her phone and pulled up news of the fuel crisis which would explain why we had seen queues at petrol stations yesterday, the reports of shortages were not encouraging but we thought there was just enough fuel in the motor home to…

Day 9 Le Blaymard to Bagnols-Sur-Ceze

I woke to part cloudy skies but with a temperature of 2c it was pretty chilly but the luxury of the motor home means I can change clothes at stops as the temperature rises. From Le Bleymard I had a short climb and at the top of the Col des Tribes and a sign indicating…