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Dec 1, 2018 - Vichy

We were expecting the run from Rodez to be easy and very pretty all the way to our stopover in Vichy but hadn't counted on a stuffed tyre at the get-go. Davy was 'gently' reminded that he had swiped a corner gutter while parking the night before and this was the probable cause of the tyre dilemma. Dah !!! We had the spare fitted in a matter of minutes and were back on the road and looking for a tyre shop. Some 200kms later we finally found one that was open. After at least 30 minutes spent explaining and showing the problem to one, then...

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Aug 22, 2018 - The wilds of Gevaudan

Aug23/18 From Pradelles to Cheymard L'evesque. Our walk today is one of the longer ones at 24 km. I have the recurring misfortune of a randomly occurring left calf and shin spasm related to an I.T. band problem, and it has decided to appear today, making contemplation of this distance "interesting". On we soldier because motion-is-the-lotion. Apparently Mr. Stevenson spent too much time in Pradelles writing in his journal and got a late start, so by the time he was nearing the end it was getting dark and he got hopelessly lost, finally...

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Aug 21, 2018 - Country Roads.....take me to Pradelles...

Aug. 21/18 Breakfast of fresh baguettes and yogurt, and huge bowls of cafe latte, which we for-go because ...well , hiking for miles....enjoyed with our friends from Brittany who continue to patiently correct my French. We do 21 km today under warm sunny skies again, and make it in time to Pradelles before the quick crashing thunderstorm and torrential rain sweeps through. This is a lovely walk through expansive wheat and corn fields and countless mellow cows. There are many walkers on the trail, almost all French, but really has that feel...

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Aug 20, 2018 - L'haute Loire/ Auvergne

Aug.19/18 It does indeed take a little work to get to a small town in Southern France, but can we all agree it's worth it? Planes to Paris and Clermont-Ferand, and train and bus to Le Puy en Velay get us there. Air France has my vote, especially after the pilot showed us that he indeed knows what he's doing when autopilot is off. Just as we're landing gear down-a few hundred metres off the ground he has to abort landing, pull up and suck that million-ton beast back up to cruising altitude to come around and try again- word was that there...

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Jul 25, 2016 - Arrivée au Puy en Velay

- comme à l'habitude, toujours un tas de trucs à faire pour mon boulot avant de partir, mais cette fois-ci je ne me suis pas tué au travail. Tant pis pour les dossiers non terminés, ça attendra mon retour. Le voyage à failli être décalé car la veille, en week-end à Rennes, ma sacoche avec mes papiers, CB, clés de voiture est tombée dans la rivière alors que je prenais un petit dej sur la terrasse d'un restaurant avec Yannick, un ami. Apres une galère pour trouver un masque de plongée, j'ai pu récupérer ma sacoche et son contenu qui s'était...

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Aug 17, 2015 - Heading toward Bordeaux

Monday, August 17th. France It was a rainy, drizzly day when we left Geneva. We had to make a tough decision if we were going to be able to spend some descent time touring Spain. So we cut the whole Chamonix F. to Courmayeur I. area from our, to visit list and headed across country toward Bordeaux. The weather forecast was going to make viewing mountains impossible anyway so the decision wasn’t that hard to make. Although it was only a 7 hour drive to the coast we decided to drive it in two days, spending one night on the road. After all...

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Jun 24, 2015 - Mountain hiking, a totally French town and eating a pound of dirt

Since our wonderful few days in Sweden, we have moved north to the Auvergne area just south of the large city of Clermont Ferrand. This area has been a revelation for us and is very reminiscent of Snowdonia in Wales and the Lake District in England, only about 3,000 ft higher. The hiking has been spectacular and Ian has managed 5 major treks, even with the bad foot - “Wouldn’t miss these for anything”. We have been based in the villages of St-Nectaire (famous for its cheese production) and Le Mont Dore (famous for skiing, hiking and the...

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Jun 12, 2015 - The land of ABBA, accidents and the mountains of central France

Our 4 days in Sweden were splendid, especially spending it with Ian’s good friend from the UK, Tony and his wife Karina. We had a fantastic few days with lots of laughs, accidents (see below) and socializing. It would be an easy place to transition to from Canada with its waterways, trees and rocks, and the fact that English is spoken everywhere. We visited a world-class photographic museum and the 17th century ship Vasa that sank on its maiden voyage in Stockholm harbour, was recovered intact in 1961 and has been perfectly preserved. We...

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Sep 13, 2014 - EN BATEAU - canal barge trip

Getting to the beginning of our barge trip was tricky but worked out great. Check out early as we have a tight schedule to make the boat. First, luckily, the shuttle/van service (which are known to NOT be reliable in Paris) requests that we be picked up early, which we all agreed to; so a 7:30 am departure was made, taken to Charles de Gaulle airport, Roissy, to pick up our van rental. With all our luggage, yup, it was a good idea for this 8 passenger van. Quick pickup, very little paperwork on this end, and away we go, with GPS leading us...

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Aug 28, 2014 - Stage 1 Le Puy en Velay to Saugues 46km - Baptism of Fire

Stage 1 le Puy to saugues (Sog) 46km. (28 August 2014) The hard slog to Saugues begins with 500m climb to 1150 to the half way point followed by a 500m descent thru some amazing alpine/gorges fantastic roads following a river. Can't wait to see the Go Pro film of the descent, which was taken by Ray. In all around 25km of descents. Just wonderful The weather Sunny 25 and bloody hot the problems Recently resurfaced roads which haven't been swept creating havoc. Significant gravel over many kms of the 9km climb. Peter B catches stone in...

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May 24, 2014 - Vichy

Today was a day for errands, faire des courses. I am known now at the local MonoPrix, supermarche, and I have managed to understand and easily use the laundromat, la blanchisserie. I even helped a woman from Paris with her laundry today, and we had a good conversation about restaurants. Very exciting day!

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Jan 9, 2014 - St. Pourcain-Sur-Sioule

Well our €2 token for the electricity actually lasted all night, not just 6 hrs. It still hadn't run out when we left at 9.30am. We did support the local shop by buying some bread & croissants before leaving. We had the croissants with coffee by the river at a town called Cosne-Cours-Sur-Loire. We also tracked a couple of geocaches by the river. The weather is dry and quite mild. The high winds that we had at Dunkirk have ceased & it feels relatively mild. We are moving almost directly south & generally following the Loire river. We had a...

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