|Cycling the Route Verte
Today, after sorting out Barb and Pierre's uncooperative cell phone in Ploermel, we rented nice bikes and took off along a wonderful multi-use pathway: la Route Verte. The route is beautifully paved and has a softer walking path alongside it. It seems to follow an old rail bed; so the grade is easy (not quite so easy on the way back as we were going against a stiff wind).
We travelled out about 20 km to Mauron where Grammar and I were yesterday for the races. Along the way, we harvested a bit of corn, some Russet apples and some blackberries - yum! It was a beautiful day, mostly sunny and just the right temperature for cycling. Much of the route is beneath lovely forest canopy and we were peeking out at farmland and Lancelot-du-Lac's lake on the way.
This is an interesting area that has a strong connection with the Arthurian legends. Near here, in the Broceliande Forest, there is an Arthurian study centre in a chateau and what is supposed to be Merlin's grave. Merlon's nemesis was Vivien, the nymph associated with the lake we saw near Ploermal and Lancelot was her protege.