Monday 18th March. Bognor Regis to Neufchatel-en-Bray. 60 miles.

Sorry about the email you may have received earlier, it was just me and technology not getting on!

Bonjour bonjour! Finally I’ve made it to France!

Sea and white cliffs
The Sussex coastline as I left this morning

I’ve been trying to get here for weeks now, in fact I think I’ve been trying since last April if I remember correctly! Everytime I’ve tried to get here something has always gone wrong, or we’ve had bad weather, like we’ve had for the past couple of weeks, gale force winds! But now there’s a break in the weather, and I’m feeling good, so that’s it, I’m off!

It was an early start this morning, and I was on the road by 4.30 heading for Newhaven, to catch the ferry to Dieppe.

Railway station
One of the many old stations along the Avenue Verte

Nice easy ride to Newhaven, and I arrived at about 8 o’clock. In plenty of time for the 10 o’clock sailing.

The crossing was very smooth and didn’t seem to take too long at all, although it was still four hours!

Met a nice young couple, Mike and Pip on the ferry this morning who were also on bikes, their heading for Switzerland, in a roundabout way! It was nice talking to them.

French chateau
Chateau de Mesnieres-en-Bray

Arrived in Dieppe around 3/3.30, got lost as per normal trying to get out of Dieppe! Well not lost I was just on the wrong road, the busier main road, instead of the quieter small road! But it didn’t really matter it took me to the same place!

Green sign
One of the many Avenue Verte signs along the route

Nice ride along the Avenue Verte with a nice tail wind.

I’m hoping to get to Paris tomorrow, I know I always used to be able to do it, but not so sure these days, we’ll see! If I do I do, if I don’t I don’t! It’s not a problem either way, it’s just nice to be able to be out on my bike!

4 Replies to “Monday 18th March. Bognor Regis to Neufchatel-en-Bray. 60 miles.”

  1. How I envy you! How I love those Avenue Vertes – and Paris, that’s the icing on the cake. You’re a peripatetic cyclist.
    Best wishes – Malc.

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