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French Cycle Trip 2014 Fougeres to Beauvoir (Mont-St-Michel) and then on to St-Malo

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FOUGERES TO BEAUVOIR (MONT-ST-MICHEL)

FOUGERES TO BEAUVOIR (MONT-ST-MICHEL)

Elevation FOUGERES TO BEAUVOIR (MONT-ST-MICHEL)

Elevation FOUGERES TO BEAUVOIR (MONT-ST-MICHEL)

After eventually finding our way out of Fougeres – that always seems to be the hardest part, finding your way out of big towns or cities – the ride to Mont St Michel was fairly uneventful.

The Pedalling Photographer on his way to Mont St Michel!

The Pedalling Photographer on his way to Mont St Michel!

However, at the end of the day, due to it being the height of the holiday season, trying to find a campsite that wasn’t full in this tourist hotspot by the coast proved difficult. Eventually, we struck it lucky at a campsite that was full but we were allowed to camp on a handkerchief-size spot of lawn next to a children’s play area. The only trouble was that there were already half a dozen tents on there anyway! Still, beggars can’t be choosers and it was only for the one night.

Mont-St-Michel

Mont-St-Michel

The following morning we woke to heavy rain. We packed up and then sat in the campsite cafe drinking coffee and waiting for the rain to ease. Unfortunately, we weren’t that lucky, so had to set off fully togged up in our waterproofs. And to add to the rain, the wind was beginning to build up. Little did we know that we were about to catch the tail end of Hurricane Bertha!

BEAUVOIR (MONT-ST-MICHEL) TO ST-MALO

BEAUVOIR (MONT-ST-MICHEL) TO ST-MALO

Elevation BEAUVOIR (MONT-ST-MICHEL) TO ST-MALO

Elevation BEAUVOIR (MONT-ST-MICHEL) TO ST-MALO

We battled on, sweating it out in our waterproofs. Eventually, the rain stopped, but by now the wind was gusting strongly and blowing us about on our bikes. It was a head-on wind most of the time, making progress very slow, but at least the sun was shining! We made our way around the Baie du Mont St Michel and came across some land yachts  at Hirel making the most of the strong winds and scooting across the sand of the bay.

Land Yachting, just off the D155 at Hirel on the Brittany Coast

Land Yachting, just off the D155 at Hirel on the Brittany Coast

We spent our final evening at the campsite in St Malo, watching the sun set on the horizon before getting up early to catch the ferry back to Poole and home.

Setting sun Saint-Malo

Setting sun Saint-Malo

Saint-Malo old town

Saint-Malo old town

 

 

Author: Mike McEnnerney Photographer PhotoLink Images

I've had a passion for photography for as long as I can remember and have been running my own photographic business for many years (www.photolinkimages.co.uk). This also carries over into my personal interests: I love the great outdoors and enjoy nothing better than to be outside taking photos (www.mike-mcennerney.smugmug.com) and combining this with my hobbies of Yoga, cycle touring, camping, backpacking, canoeing and just being out in the wilds, or as the Australians say "beyond the black stump" farther into the outback than the city lights.

2 thoughts on “French Cycle Trip 2014 Fougeres to Beauvoir (Mont-St-Michel) and then on to St-Malo

  1. love that photo of Mont st Michael especially the reflection on the water. hope you did get up north and got some reasonable weather

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