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  • Elizabeth Cameron-Smith

Day 11 - Onwards to beautiful La Rochelle

Updated: Mar 26, 2019

The church at Port-St-Pere

Our 'Good Morning' greeting was one from a very cold and misty Port St Pere not far from from Nantes where Grant had spent the night. It was an early start as he knew that he had to put in a full day's cycling to get to La Rochelle.

The misty cold morning gave way to a sunny day and although the temperature didn't climb too much at least the sun was shining!

At one stage Grant joked he may have to bring out the sun cream!

He stopped to buy some delicious fruit at a village market stand and was on his way again.The cycling path took him through forest terrain and whilst it kept hugging the Western coast the terrain blended from forest to beach almost effortlessly at Saint-Jean-de-Monts.

There were so many scenic spots along the way with architectural landscapes giving way to oyster farms on the coastal plains, fishing towns, to man made dams and deserted summer villages that are closed up for the winter months.

A tough day that got more strenuous at the end with a change in terrain approaching La Rochelle. After finding accommodation and now being a practiced hand at ordering from French menus in restaurants, Grant ended the evening on a high note; at a family restaurant watching a four year old throw his plate of spaghetti bolognese all over his mother!!

I'm sure Crazybikeguy is missing family meal times with us as much as we are missing him sitting at our supper table.

A fantastic day on stunning coastal bike paths -8h15mins in the saddle pedaling for a very long 144.3kms today! Go G !

'All things are difficult before they are easy' - Thomas Fuller

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