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May 21, 2016 - Compiegne and the Clairiere de L'Armistice

Today we headed south through the rolling countryside of Picardy Our first stop was a visit to the Forest of Compiegne and a green clearing called Clairiere de l’Armistice. Here in what once was a rail siding for rail mounted artillery, World War I was brought to an end on 11 November 1918. It was also the site where Hitler had the French sign their capitulation on 22 June 1940, on the same spot and same railway carriage. The railway car no longer exists but a replica is housed in the small museum attached to the site. From there we drove a...

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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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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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