European Bike Ride 29th-August-2022

Garry McGivern’s European bike ride, Monday, 29th-August-2022, Courville-sur-Eure to Monnerville. 46 miles. As predicted yesterday, it was a late start today. Overnight I had devised a plan to escape Stalag 17 before nine o’clock, but some annoying French man kept talking to me, only joking, Nicholas.

I knew that other people had keys, and I was sure somebody would leave before nine, which they did. But I wasn’t ready. I was too busy talking to Nicholas, who I’d met last night. He was also on a bike and was cycling to Brittany, thankfully in the opposite direction to me! But in all seriousness, he was a very pleasant chap who spoke excellent English and was good company. I eventually escaped at ten minutes to nine!

Chartres Cathedral. I must admit a lot of cathedrals all look the same.

I was expecting to stop the night in Etampes, but after seeing that there weren’t any campsites, I changed my route a bit, which might work out for the better later on.

It’s been another tough day’s cycling, and I must admit that I’m finding it hard going! Whether it’s my anaemia or I’ve still not gotten over my hip operation. Or maybe I’m just getting old and useless. But whatever it is, I’d much rather be out on the road than stuck at home any day.

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2 Replies to “European Bike Ride 29th-August-2022”

  1. Hey Garry

    Maybe it’s time to treat yourself to a Cube or Trek battery assist bike. The mental challenge is to accept that it’s ok to get some assistance while recovering and still get to enjoy the benefits and joy of riding!

    After all your shed (like mine) seems full of handy stuff you could offload to lessen the financial hit😂🤣😂😂

    1. I’m not ready for that just yet. I’ll struggle with the way I am because although it is tough going, I am enjoying it.
      It’s always good to have a garage full of stuff. You never know when it might come in handy.

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