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May 22, 2009 - Montlucon to Vendome

Headed north again today. Stopped at Bloise for lunch and intended to stay here the night, but the whole town was booked out due to the ascension weekend and a number of local events planned. So we had no choice but to continue a little further. Vendome is only 35kms north of Bloise and we found a hotel here to stay. It has a population of around 20,000 and sits on the Loire River. Actually the river splits into several arms and when I say the city sits on the river, there are some places where a branch of the river flows under buildings.

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Oct 5, 2006 - Blois

Our next stop was to be the Loire Valley in the town of Blois. We enjoyed the visit, but the weather turned out to be rather wet, so it did cut down on our sightseeing hours. Doug also had to take a day out to travel to Paris to pick up a replacement passport which was lost during our first few days in Europe. Whoops :) Luckily the process was relatively efficient and was completed in less than a week. We are now OK to move on to other countries. The town of Blois was our first encounter with a number of signts that were no longer providing...

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Jul 28, 2006 - Cloyes-sur-le-Loir - Prunay-Casserau

Om 7.45 uur worden wij gewekt door de donder. De lucht is zwart, maar het is nog droog. In recordtempo pakken wij de tent en onze spullen in en ontbijten staande naast de fietsen. Als wij om 9.00 uur de camping afrijden, begint het zachtjes te regenen. Daarom eerst maar koffie in het centrum van Cloyes. Om 9.30 uur rijden wij bij 22 graden en nog steeds zware bewolking de stad uit. Om 10.00 uur is de lucht strak blauw. Juist voorbij Cloyes stoppen wij even om de bladzijde van onze routebeschrijving om te draaien. Zoef. De dame uit Schagen...

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Jul 6, 2006 - France - Chaumont sur Loire Day 1

Today the weather was so pleasant as it has cooled a little. We had a lazy drive down to Orleans which is south of Paris, where we stopped for a break and then left the highway to take a scenic route down the Loire River. This is just so beautiful and what we have been looking forward to, as it is so much more peaceful away from the hustle and bustle of Paris. We have stopped at Chaumont and are camped right next to the river and have decided to spend a couple of nights here as it is a nice place to ride the bikes and for Dom to drop a...

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Apr 12, 2006 - The Big Loire (12th April)

Another long day in the saddle, in the main because I took an indirect route along the Loir and then headed south to Amboise on the Loire(note the `e` at the end, siginfying the big borother of the Loir)(50km east of Tours). A beautifuul town with a nassive chateux set on the cliff surrounding the town. Another day of road-kill spotting and animal smells. Again today was fairly easy riding although pretty hilly on approaching the Loire and I took it all at a fairly leisuerly pace although I still managaged to cover 100km. Opted to stay in a...

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Wheels of Fire

Oct 20, 2005 - Vallée de la Loire...chateaux, vin et champignons

This week Kara, Lisa and I gathered together our cds, packed some snacks and piled into our rented Ford Fiesta after work and headed down to the Loire valley. I was the driver on this great road trip...yes after a few trips practicing driving standard with Sandra as my instructor i figured that I was ready to go and I must say that i impressed myself and my passengers with my newly acquired skills. There were very few stalls and i handled driving on the ring road around Paris surprisingly well. Good thing cause man did we put some miles...

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Jun 29, 2005 - More about Paris and Blois

Okay, more about Paris! Monday, D'Anna and Annah left in the morning after breakfast to voyage out on their own back to Pontlevoy. Sarah and I really worried about them because they have a tendancy to get lost and have really bad luck. (They wandered around for an hour in between the Champs and our hotel--three blocks). But this morning was very exciting because we had to find a way to sneak out of the hotel without the guy realizing that four people had stayed in (and paid for) the three person room, while also leaving our baggage for...

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Jun 29, 2005 - Hills

Hills, hills and more hills. Long, long hills that go for 15km, steep hills of 15% gradients, hills that take us up through the morning mist through the clouds, baked in the sun hills, nauseatingly steep hills, gradual, never guess they are there hills - you think of them, we have climbed them since we arrived in the Dordogne in SW France. And it has all been worth it for the stunning vistas and the blistering descents. After weeks of talking about the freezing Euro weather, Euro has hit back and we have hit a heat wave of 40 degree days,...

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May 15, 2005 - Onwards to the Loire Valley

Today we pick up the Renault from Roissy Charles de Gaulle Aeroport and drive down to the Loire Valley. We are experiencing our first bit of real serious rain we have seen over the last four weeks so I don't know if we will head for a camping ground or a youth hostel. Depends on the weather. Paris has been a wonderful vibrant city full of many different peoples and languages of the world. The area in which we stayed (the Latin Quarter) is right beside the Sorbonne University, the Pantheon and the Notre Dame. To be highly recommended.

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