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Finishing Lionheart

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The Last Day: Finishing in Fontevraud Abbey The day’s stats at a glance: distance: 106.5 kms (including a little extension to round out the week) total ascent: 599 metres It would have been possible to go more directly from Amboise to Fontevraud but most of the group opted to visit the historic and pretty town of […]

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From the Bourgogne into the Loire Valley

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There was no blog post yesterday because WiFi at our hotel was woeful. Consequently, I’ve got two days crammed into one post, so I will try not to bang on too much and just give you the nitty gritty. Vézelay to Château les Muids Stats at a glance ~ distance: 165 kilometres total ascent: ~ […]

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Gilly-Les-Chateaux to Veselay

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Great riding through uncluttered French countryside Today was a gorgeous ride. Rolling countryside, towns scattered along the route, cooler weather than we’ve been having and generally quiet roads (albeit with a greater mixture of good and not-so-good surfaces than we’ve been experiencing) providing a sense of moving through the landscape. It’s the sort of cycling […]

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Rest Day in the Heart of Burgundy

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Biking in the Bourgogne Last night Bruno put on the table an offer to have a very easy tour around the vineyards we are situated amongst here in Burgundy. A completely relaxed pace, commentary on the area, coffee … it sounded great and most of our group opted to take up Bruno’s lovely offer. Here’s […]

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Momentum

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~ a solo excursion of great joy ~ “Rollin’ rollin’ rolling” and, oh! “what a difference a day makes“ After quite a tough day in the saddle yesterday with lots of elevation and heaps of heat, today was a pearler. A good bit of distance and not a lot of elevation but some fun little […]

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Survival Cycling in the Furnace

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Eguisheim to Villersexel This will be a short blog post. Dianne and I rode together in stinking hot conditions and didn’t stop much for photographs: our goal was to try to minimise the amount of time we’d have out in the hot conditions. More on that soon. First up here’s a look at the map […]

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Across the Rhine and into France

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Bräunlingen to Eguishem The day’s stats at a glance ~ distance: 117 kms total ascent: 1210 metres I’m sorry. But it’s just too late in the piece for me to contemplate a full and proper description of today’s magnificent ride. A bare bones description will have to suffice but hopefully the photos will adequately compensate […]

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Trying to Beat the Heat to Bräunlingen

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Lindau to Bräunlingen The day’s stats at a glance ~ distance 130 kms total elevation gained: ~ 1000 metres Breakfast I thought breakfast was actually worth mentioning as it was one of the highlights of the day. We ate out in the square that fronts our hotel in sublime conditions. I thought Michael and Louise […]

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A Terrific Day Out with Great Companions

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Neuschwanstein to Lindau The day’s stats at a glance ~ distance: 110 kilometres total ascent: 1400 metres Here’s a look at our route for the day. We were once again briefly in Austria just before arriving on the shores of Lake Constance … And here is the route profile … Dianne and I made a […]

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Riding to Fairy Castle Land

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Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Neuschwanstein The day’s stats at a glance: distance: 64 kms total ascent: 825 metres Today we rode down a hill, up a hill, past a lovely lake (Plansee) and down another hill. We didn’t have any of the tortuous gradients of the past few days, just enough to make the legs work a […]