France May 2019

Garry’s third tour of the year saw him heading back to France, despite touring there, just a couple of months ago! Garry’s fitness is getting better all the time, unfortunately now, his temporary hip has started to come loose!

Unable to get travel insurance, or at least not, unless he wanted to pay an excessive premium! He decided France was once again his best option! It’s not too far away, relatively easy to get back from, with several ports of departure back to England, and plenty of cheap campsites!

This time Garry caught the overnight ferry from Portsmouth to St-Malo. He planned to follow the coast in a northerly direction for as long as he could, before having to come home for a hospital appointment.

Garry arrived in St-Malo and immediately set about following the coast. He didn’t stick to the coast for long though, there was a strong headwind, so he headed inland! Although he was back on the coast the following day.

Hard Going

The next few days were hard going as the strong wind persisted in blowing, straight at Garry! Despite the strong wind, Garry stuck to the coast, going all the way up to Cherbourg.

After Cherbourg, he then followed the D-Day beaches of Normandy, something Garry always enjoys. It was even more poignant this year as it was a couple of weeks before the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. It was all rather moving, as Garry looked out over the D-Day beaches, all peaceful and quiet. How different it must have been 75 years ago, and hard to imagine what all those brave young soldiers went through!

The French certainly showed their gratitude, with every lamppost in every town and village displaying the photo of a soldier that had lost their life.

Garry continued to follow the coast until he reached Fecamp. He was now starting to suffer a bit and didn’t fancy the hard ride along the coast to Dieppe, so once again headed inland. And what a good decision that was! Garry picked up a Greenway the “Veloroute du Lin” which ran from Fecamp to Hautot-sur-Mer, which was just down the coast from Dieppe.

The following day Garry found himself on another Greenway! This time it was a familiar one, the Avenue Verte! The route he’d started to follow 2 months previous!

A Change Of Direction

Finding himself on the Avenue Verte Garry decided to go back to Paris, but this time stick to Avenue Verte route, thinking it would be an easier ride, as he was really starting to suffer now.

But after spending the next day going around in circles, or that’s what it felt like to Garry! He’d lost the signs for the Avenue Verte and after 3 hours discovered that he’d only travelled 12 miles from where he started, although he’d cycled considerably more!

Fed up with getting lost and now finding the cycling hard going, he decided that going to Paris was probably not the best of ideas! He was also a little worried about getting home in time for his hospital appointment, so he decided to head home!

Now that he was heading home, he decided to follow the river Seine to Le Havre, and to follow every twist and turn as closely as he could, in a bid to avoid any hills! As it was the hills that hurt the most, it wasn’t Garry’s hip that was causing his pain, worryingly it was sciatica! Which has never been a problem in the past! Garry’s hoping that it’s down to having one leg longer than the other at the moment, and once his hip is replaced permanently it’ll all be fine once again!

His plan worked, and he made it back to Le Havre without having to go up any major hills, where he caught a ferry back to England.

A really good tour for Garry despite suffering at the end, and he would rather be suffering on the road than stuck at home suffering!

Total miles cycled 688.

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Grass colourful sculpture

Garry’s Route
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