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Sep 7, 2015 - Combourg, France

Had a great breakfast, flogged some extra food for our journey, headed off about 9am. After about 10km we hit the big climb of the day up to the plateau, fantastic view back toward the sea with Mont Saint Michele just visible. For the next 40km many up and down sections dropping into valleys and then climbing back up, as per usual we seemed to be following water reservoir routes much to Marg's dismay. We went thru different landscapes from corn fields, apple orchards , and dark forests to milking Jersey cows grazing on top of the plateau.,...

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Buts 2015 Euro Trip

Jul 12, 2013 - Mont-Saint-Michel

Today we visited Mont-Saint-Michel with its abbey perched 80m asl. The abbey dominates the skyline but there are other buildings around the base a number of which are given over to commercial interests but once through a concentrated area, the rest of the island is unaffected. The bay has been silting up over many years and there is a huge project under way to improve the situation. This has been caused in part by the causeway preventing water flowing from the main river and clearing the silt away. The works involves removing the old...

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Jul 11, 2013 - Fougeres and Stage 12

Today was the last of our up close and personal experences of the TDF before the last day in Paris, the start of stage 12 from Fougeres. For those who have been following closely, you will realise that we have now seen a start, a finish, a couple of mid stages and we have ridden over part of 2 of the stage routes. After Paris, I'll be happy and the TDF will be out of my system for at least 12 months. So, Fougeres. We left a little later than planned and as we got closr to the town centre, the parking became scarcer and the crowds became...

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Jul 10, 2013 - Dinan

While waiting for everyone to get ready this morning, Gina and I went for a walk along some country roads near the chateau. The scenes are quite idyllic with cattle grazing in the pastures, abundant wheat and corn crops, copses of oak and chestnut trees but most notable are the wildflowers along the roadside. There are storksbills, clovers of different colours, other legumes, foxgloves, poppies, dandelions, and a multitude of others that I don't know that make a great colourful picture as you wander along. We headed off for Dinan, about a...

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Jul 9, 2013 - Saint-Malo

A quiet start to the day today after the travel of the last couple of days. We spent the morning wandering around the grounds of the chateau checking out the chapel and having a row on the small lake. We then headed off into Combourg for lunch and a walking tour of the town. Towering over the town is the chateau built between the 13th and 15th centuries - they didn't rush things in those days. Most of the buildings in town, in fact most of the buildings in this part of the country, are built of granite that give them an appearance of...

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Jul 8, 2013 - In Combourg

Here we are again, after missing one day because of lack of wifi last night (I hope I'm forgiven Evan) so I'll cover both days in this report. In Tour de France parlance, the next 2 days were to be transition stages, we were just aiming to get to our next chateau, with one stopover, by Monday afternoon. We left Ventenac on Sunday morning after saying farewell to the chateau and our bikes and drove to Albi. We had lunch there but with a long drive ahead of us, we couldn't do the town justice. It is known for 2 main things, the birthplace of...

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