Category Archives: Biking

Day6 Bourg et Comin to Vitry Le Francois

Today’s 82 miles was spent cycling through Champagne. i made an early start at 7am to get the hills out of the way before the heat of the day. As it was I had a great day with a lovely tail breeze. I passed the final cemetery at Marfaux, a curious one in that the German graves are adjacent to the British ones on top of a hill.

The graves were soon replaced by the Champagne vines, which set my mind wondering if we had a deal going that meant their was no fighting in the vineyards,l

Outside Epernay I met up with the girls who came over on the same ferry as me and are cycling to Florence, they suggested I should bike long the valley to Chalons, certainty much easier! I got into a rhythym and continued to Vitry Le Francois the last 10 miles on a  canal towpath. The town is full of flats and young kids.

I’ve now pedaled 467 miles in 6 days. Here is todays gps trail:-

Day6 Bourg et Comin to Vitry le Francois

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Day5 Ham to Bourg Et Comin

A ride through Picardie in the plus thirties.
I started late as I was still trying to plot a route without to many hills. Not to successfully I might add, I have this suspicious feeling that the French canal system would get me through France on the flat! However, the few towpaths I’ve seen have varied in condition from excellent (Aisne canal) to diabolical (Quentin) so more research needed.

Plotting a route is very tricky as today I discovered one of the ‘white’ roads had detoriated into a forest track alsio White roads have steeper gradients and the villages are far to twee to have anything like a coop etc.

The opposite is true on ‘yellow’ roads you suddenly find it’s been upgraded and it’s now an artic racetrack 🙁

Today was a gruelling 53miles on White roads.

Tomorrow it’s Epernay where I might be tempted to take the afternoon off if I can find a suitable hotel. The accomodation and meals are proving to be expensive, currently burning up the best part of £100 per day! (that’s the race Steve, to get to Les Gets before the money runs out) Oh, how I miss Ecuador!!

Another cost element is that there is no open wifi here – some ridicolous French law thar makes you liable to jail if someone uses your connection for nefarious purposes – so I’m using the £3 per megabyte O2 rip off cellular rate.

Early start tomorrow to beat the sun!!

Day5 Ham to Bourg et Comin

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Day4 Heslin to Ham

Another long day of over 90 miles with over 1200merres of ascent – yep it’s very hilly and you can only admire those poor sods in WW1 who fought every inch of the way. Every village and every hill has it’s own immaculately kept soldiers cemetry. Anyone who critizes the EU should come and take a look at what occurred in it’s absence.

Is it me or is it real that tractors are getting bigger each year? There were truly some monsters out today doing the harvesting – looks a good year for corn.

Met a fellow cyclist who started in Geneva. This is his website
A very thirsty day, drank well over 4 litres of water, juice & beer plus necrarines etc.

Top of legs well hurting now, hopefully the pain will gradually go before the big hills!

Day4 Heslin to Ham

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I thought it was going to be flat – Day3

When I plotted the route from Cambridge to Les Gets it all looked very flat apart from the bit around Geneva. I now realise that’s an optical illusion 🙁

Today I cycled from Calais to Hesdin and am now totally knackered since it involved a cumulative climb of over 1100 metres 🙁  over a distance of 50+ miles. I will obviosly have to plan my route more carefully and avoid areas  that have suspicious names like Les 7 Vallees 🙁

Sally will be pleased to know my legs are now aching…..

Heres today on Everytrail:-

Calais to Hesdin (Day 3)

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Lets see how I get on tomorrow!