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Oct 30, 2014 - My Aussie trip flew by!

Hi Everyone At last, the day I had been waiting so long for dawned clear and bright. The taxi was on time, which was a blessing as we had to navigate rush hour on the M25 (or known as the car park that circles London!). I entered the newly refurbished Terminal 2 at Heathrow and found a world of scanning and face recognition machines. After being scanned for face ID, scanned for lethal weapons and my baggage scanned for contraband, I was able to board the A380 for my journey home. The sun was just setting over Sydney as the plane came into...

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Sep 15, 2014 - A revist to Villers Bretonneux and Around Amiens

Slow start to the day today. Our minds are willing but our bodies are getting reluctant to keep up with our minds. Both of the opinion we have made this holiday about one week to long. Back over to Viller-Bretonneux this morning to take a look at the museum. Minus all the deviations of yesterday, it took us 15 minutes to get there. Spent another 15 trying to follow their signage to the museum but eventually made it. The Victoria School was built with funds supplied by Australians in 1929 and built from Australian timbers. There is now a...

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Sep 14, 2014 - On the Battlefields in French Countryside

Finished with our to do list in Belgium, we make a 5 minute drive over the French border and make our way south to Amien. This town is pretty central to all that we wish to see in the area. After a few "deviations" in the straightforward route because of an air show event in Amien we had to do an extra 10km to our first stop following illusive "deviation" signs which French roadworkers only place on the corner where you actually turn, even though you may have other forks in the road or a left or right turn. It was like Russian Roulette...

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Aug 23, 2014 - Welcome to Amiens

So we decided we would spend a few days in the country just north of Paris in a place called Amiens, it is home to the tallest complete cathedral in France and is Twice the size of the Notre Dame in Paris and is the 19th largest Cathedral in the world, it sits on a slight ridge overlooking the River Somme. The Somme is the Western Front for WW1, which lead us to places such as, Villers - Bretonneux, Pozieres, Lochnagar Crater, Theipval, Somme and some more memorials along the way.

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Aug 21, 2014 - Australian War Memorial - Somme Valley

Before I went away, someone was asking me or rather commenting on the fact that I seemed to go to a lot of war sites whilst I was away, particularly the memorials. I'd never realised that I'd put so much time into them, but there's something that draws me to try connect with whatever it was that the people went through. To try understand it. It's all rather ironic, as in High School, I used to complain about how so much of our education in English and History, was spent focussing on both the first and second world wars. If you ask me, too...

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Aug 21, 2014 - Amiens

This morning we've made time to go visit the Notre Dame Cathedral in Amiens, which I am reliably told by a work colleague - Gregoire - is the best of the Gothic cathedrals in France. It was a very short walk to the church, but we were planning on moving on straight afterwards to our next stop just outside the city itself. So we parked the car there to save some time. At least we would have,if the British couple who said they were leaving in "1 minute" didn't decide to take another 15 minutes taking photos from inside the car and by leaning...

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Jun 3, 2014 - Pierrefond Castle

June 3 I got up Tuesday morning to read the Vancouver Sun on my iPad with my new SIM card…yea! Today’s planned ride would be 52 km through the Compiegne Forest, ultimately to the small town of Creil. We started with an uphill ride from the river on the streets of Compiegne and then onto the roughest cobblestones ever…the hill warmed up my legs and the cobblestones roughed up my whatsit. Meindert took us onto the narrow paved trails through the forest for a fun rollercoaster-type ride, all the while dodging wet, low-hanging branches. Our...

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Jun 2, 2014 - Noyon to Compiegne

June 2 We left Pont Leveque for the larger town of Compiegne, a ride of about 50 km back through picturesque towns and countryside with one segment of busy highway. Our lunch was at La Clariere de Armistice, the clearing and rail car where the WWI Armistice and the 1940 surrender of France to Germany were signed. Several monuments and a museum are on the site and we took the opportunity to visit the museum to see the replica railcar as the original had been moved to Germany and burned near the end of WWII. 2:30 p.m.saw us back at the Elodie...

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Jun 1, 2014 - Peronne to Noyons

June 1 The month of June started with us back on our bikes after a brief run of the Elodie through a couple of locks. Leaving Peronne, we were on our way to Pont Leveque near the town of Noyons on a planned 50 km ride. Our first stop of the day was planned for a trout farm that provided opportunity for our coffee/bathroom break. We had a tough time finding it as Meindert’s instructions were very brief on direction and were based on being dropped at a different lock from the one we were actually dropped at. We made several directional false...

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Apr 24, 2014 - Valenciennes to Compiegne

Solo ride Day 2 I woke at about 3 am to the sound of soft rainfall so started to mentally prepare myself for a ride. By morning the rain had stopped but the roads were wet and the air was very misty. I set off without wet weather gear but I had it ready in case. Getting out of Valenciennes was straightforward except that the route led me to a non-existent bike track alongside a canal. I must say that the French idea of a canal path is nowhere as good as the Dutch or Belgian. In many cases even good quality paths disappear into rutted grassy...

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Apr 19, 2014 - Paris to Compiegne

Day 17 Blake and Clarissa left us yesterday because they are flying to Italy for Blake to meet Clarissa's family. He has been learning a few words of Italian but I reckon he is in for a bit of a shock. They had two quite sturdy semi-foldable bike bags which have wheels on the bottom and internal struts. Much more secure than mine and easier to move about but heavier. So now we are left with 12 riders and 4 staff; cosy! The ride out of Paris turned out to be really simple; we had feared narrow roads with lots of traffic lights and traffic....

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Feb 26, 2014 - St -Valery-sur-Somme

After a wet morning the weather improved so we headed out to the Somme estuary and the lovely town of St-Valery-sur-Somme. It was from here that William, Duke of Normandy set sail to conquer England in 1066. The town was interesting in that it was on two levels. On the hill above the Somme estuary was the old town with its original medieval walls and an interesting church with a double nave. Down the hill was the very long promenade lined with old Victorian houses and great views of the estuary’s marshlands. A great place to explore on our...

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