Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Day 3 Tuesday 28 September

St Abraham to Chauve ~ 66 miles
Sadly another late start, as some still needed their beauty sleep, meant we didn’t leave the campsite until 10 and they didn’t actually start cycling till about 11. While waiting for one member to stir, young Smith demonstrated a lack of IT skills where he’d clearly confused blogspot with bogspot ~ see horrendous photo. The Merlin campsite at Loyat had been excellent hosts even providing free wi-fi.
It was a good days cycling on generally quiet French back-roads with the highlight being a visit to the hill town of Rochefort-en-Terre. Whilst the lads sped on I walked around and took many photos but sadly the blog doesn’t give me the space to do it justice. Then we found a great lunch spot by a marina just south of Arzal.
Andy in his forward planning had the idea of cycling over the bridge at St-Nazaire (the estuary of the River Loire) but I expressed some concerns from the memory of driving over said structure some 17 years ago. They were still game but as we approached prudence prevailed (see photo) and they hitched a lift over before cycling for another 20 miles on the far side.
Incidentally whilst they only cycled 66 mile I actually had to drive over 100 to fit in with their plans.
We then had a tricky job finding the night’s campsite at Pornic, which involved phone calls back to blighty for Andy’s son Tom to look up the address on internet. Happily we did get there (although too late for proper check in and wifi registration) ~ oh how even the finest plans don’t always work smoothly!

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