Divine Hammer

So I’m in Nantes! It wasn’t easy but after a few days on the road I feel like I’m back in the swing of things a bit more. The weather hasn’t been great but no major rain storms until last night in Teillay. Luckily I had already put the tent up and could seek shelter.

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It felt good on Friday to eventually be free of the Cherbourg peninsula. Although that was marked by a decent climb into the town of Avranches. The main weather issue has been the persistent strong wind. As I’m heading generally south west it’s been a cross-head wind most days which is tiring to say the least.

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The terrain so far isn’t too severe but far from flat. Rolling hills with some climbs being long enough to need the granny gear. They are almost all completely straight so it’s a mental slog to just keep the pedals turning until the top.

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I like France though, even the plain countryside of fields is a good view and the towns are interesting. I’m also quite pleased with my language skills. In rural towns and villages very few people speak English but that hasn’t stopped me from conversing.

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I had a chat with a couple outside of Annoville who gave me water and coffee. Plus succesfully negotiated with the staff at the Mairie in St-Brice-en-Congles to pitch my tent in the area for campervans. I have found myself talking to myself on the bike though. However now in terrible french!

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So now I’m in Nantes. My warmshowers host won’t be back from the coast until 9:30. So it’s nice to relax for a few hours, sit back and soak it in.

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Although I’d really like to take my cycling gear off and maybe have a wash. 😉

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