|Nantes to St. Brevin
It was a long, cold, wet 70 km ride today. We remained dry for the first couple of hours, but it started raining shortly thereafter and never stopped. After negotiating the streets and trails to exit Nantes we eventually found our way to the small town of Coueron – home of a very old and tall lighthouse, and a house that sits in the middle of the of the river (apparently a work of art).
We then travelled along the Loire until the road came to a dead end at Le Pellerin, where we took another “bac” (ferry). But this time it was large enough for several cars and Al didn’t have to pull it across with a chain!!
After a quick pastry break we begin pedalling beside the very lengthy Canal de la Martiniere – and didn’t stop for about 15 km! Near the end of the canal the clouds opened up and we continued for the next several hours in the pouring rain, arriving at our hotel (and casino!) soaking wet.
St-Brevin-les-Pins (pop about 12,000) is situated on the southern side of the Loire estuary, across the river from Saint-Nazaire. It is a popular seaside resort, and our rooms overlook a long sandy beach. We are told this is the worst weather they’ve ever had at this time of year!
The afternoon was occupied with naps, and trying to get Al up to speed on how to operate the blogging site for the next 5 weeks. It is mostly his photos on the blog today, so mission accomplished. With thanks to Justin, Al’s personal help desk.
During a break in the weather in the early evening we walked about town and went for a stroll on the beach. Dinner began with some very nice bubbly and a toast to Sue on her birthday. The meal was excellent, and then we moved into the lounge to listen to a very entertaining two person group sing everything from Norah Jones to Otis Redding. (And C & W during the breaks!)