To The Emerald Isle

Having never been to Ireland before we have decided to start a tour from Rosslare working clockwise with our motor home as team car and base but taking the opportunity to cycle as much as time would allow. With no targets we would stay for three weeks, take our time and return at a later…

Barcelona

A trip to Barcelona to explore the city had been on our radar for a while so this was an opportunity not to be missed. We booked the motor home in for a two night stay at  Camping Tres Estrellas a beach side camp site which was also on the bus route for a 45…

France en Velo Diary Week 2

Thursday 26th July, 22°c at 7am and after a slow start we drove to our next destination at Chatilion-sur-Loire, a motorhome aire in the marina on the banks of the canal N47.59177° E2.75959° , €8 for 24hrs with EHU, water and services, payment with credit card at a machine that was too hot to touch…

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…

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…