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

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

 

 


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French Cycle Trip 2014

Last year we had a lot of family stuff going on and felt unable to travel too far for too long. I also had a mental block when trying to write our blog. I would look at the blank page but feel uninspired. It’s funny how some people can pour their hearts out on to a page – and probably feel better for it – but that white space just left me cold. My distracted mind could not focus, and when I did try to get something down, it just didn’t flow right. Anyway, things have slowly improved and I have a lot of catching up to do!

We did manage to grab two short, 10-day cycle tours, one in early June and the other in early August. I shall work backwards and cover the last holiday first. In August, we caught the ferry from Poole to St Malo and cycled a 200-mile circular route, starting from St Malo, then inland to Rennes, across to Vitre and Fougeres, out to Mont St Michel on the coast and then along the coast back to St Malo.

Our first stop was just a short hop from the ferry to St Suliac, a charming little fishing village and port on the banks of the Rance river. We were lucky enough to squeeze into the campsite as, unbeknown to us, it was the weekend of the village’s annual festival to celebrate the traditions of  the sea and land. The houses were bedecked with fishing nets, the streets had displays of fresh produce from the local fields, many of the villagers were wearing traditional clothes and wooden clogs and gave demonstrations of crafts from days gone by. And all of this was accompanied by much traditional Breton music and dancing. The atmosphere in the village was so friendly and full of fun that we decided to stay on for a couple of days to soak it up, along with a few bowls of the local ‘cidre’!!

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Traditions of the sea and land Festival st-Suliac

Traditions of the sea and land Festival st-Suliac

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