Travelsonabike2 France Wednesday 5th-June-2024

Garry McGivern Travelsonabike2 is bicycle touring France on Wednesday, the 5th-June-2024. Honfleur to Sainte-Marie-au-Bosc. 35 miles. That was a struggle today. Hopefully, it’s only today, but my Myelopathy has really been playing up today.

I had a late start this morning, as it was raining when I woke up and continued to rain on and off for the next three hours. In the end, I gave up. When one of the breaks in the rain came, I quickly decamped and managed to pack away without the rain. In the end, I was only about an hour later getting on the road than I usually am. Maybe that’s why I’ve been struggling; I’m never very good at anything unless I start early.

The pretty port of Honfleur
That Was An Experience

After leaving Honfleur, I had to negotiate the Ponte de Normandie, which has never been a problem in the past. But it was today. One-half of the bridge was closed, and so was the cycle lane. I had to use the narrow cycle lane on the other side of the bridge. Thankfully, I never met another cyclist coming the other way. God knows how we would have passed each other. I found it a real struggle to cycle in the narrow lane. Which I know is because of my myelopathy. There’s a short video on my YouTube channel of the crossing.

If I went too much, either way, I’d end up under some truck. I thought it was just the going up the bridge that would be the problem. But it was just as bad going down the other side. I was glad to get off that bridge.

Roll On Tomorrow

I don’t know if it had something to do with that bridge. But I’ve struggled to cycle in a straight line all day. And no, I’ve not visited any bars before you ask. I should have had a relatively straightforward ride after Le Havre and followed the main road. But I just didn’t feel safe, weaving all over the place. So reluctantly, I took to the cycle route, which I found very annoying—going all around the houses. But it’s better to be annoyed with that. I might find being hit by a car more annoying! Hopefully, a good night’s sleep tonight will sort things out.

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