The Day After

Summary Having now completed the ride and with a little time to reflect, I’m really glad I chose to do this ride and would recommend it to anyone with a decent fitness level a sense of adventure and some minor bike repair skills, I’m no mechanic but I can bodge and repair a puncture. Before…

Last Day – Return to Devizes

Sorry for the delay in updating the Blog, yesterday and today have been hectic. I arrived back in Portsmouth at 6:30 UK time yesterday.The cabin on the ferry was quite good and definitely a lot better than the reclining seats that I had on the way out. The alarm in the cabin is pre-set to…

Evreux to Caen

Last night I stayed in a Kyriad hotel which is part of the same group that owns the campanile hotels. I’d looked at the campanile in Evreux and Trip advisor had poor reviews. To be fair Campaniles are similar to Travelodges at home. Basic, and no matter which one you stay in they don’t vary…

Paris to Evreux

I started the journey home today. The planned route taking in the palace at Versailles. I got to Versailles with little trouble, getting in with a bike however is impossible. Entrance is via the side entrance to the garden, sailors gate. Once in the grounds I decided to take a ride around the lake. This…

Last day in Paris

Last day in Paris 22/8/2012 Took it easy today. Went up the Eiffel Tower. I was pleasantly surprised the price wasn’t a rip off. Admission up to the second section (I couldn’t be bothered to wait in the queue to get to the top) was only €5. They had a couple of places to get…

1st day as a tourist

Well, what to say… What a city. So different to anywhere I’ve been before. I’d found out before coming about a tour company that show you round on a bike. The reviews online were good and I wasn’t disappointed. I was the only person who turned up on their own bike all kitted out with…

Got Here

Arrived in Paris at just gone 17:00. Very good days riding after a good nights sleep at Michael and Pascaline’s house in Oissel. Both Michael and Pascaline were perfect hosts. They welcomed me into their home, fed me, took me to see Rouen which I would not have otherwise had time for. We went to…

Arrivee Francais

Arrived in France early at 5:40 UK time. Very misty/foggy. The app I’m using for the progress page has every type of weather…other than mist or fog. Instantly the roads are better but for some reason my progress has been slower. Maybe it’s something to do with only getting 3 hours sleep on the ferry.…

Trip down to Portsmouth

Stopped at the Fox and Hounds in Crawley for lunch and a break. Met up with Belle and Rebekah. Weathers been great… Burnt already 🙂 Had someone on a road bike overtake me on a nice flat section and couldn’t resist catching them. He looked a bit surprised when he looked round to see a…

Packing done…well almost.

Finally got most of the packing done. Bike weighs a ton…. Can’t think of much I can take out though. I’m a little worried that the weight will be too much. Although, since I started cycling I’ve lost about 44lb. I think I’ll take off the bags and weigh them.Should be setting off at about…

Preparation…

Just under two weeks to go until I leave. Typical GHL, should be further prepared than I am. Things still to do: Pack Decide on what to pack (to be done before above!) Setup charity page. Setup website. Sort out somewhere to stay mid point in France. Basically I still need to do nearly everything!…