Atlantic to Bordeaux

Many Europeans have raved to us about the Atlantic coast from La Palmyre to Royan, but for us it was the stretch from Soulac-sur-Mer southwards to Lacanau which delivered. The beaches became less manicured, the bike paths quieter, each town more defined by its own character. The trail south from L’Amelie to Hourtin Plage was […]

Sand dunes and pine trees

You always have to be careful with alternative routes… We read on the Velodyssey site that the 1km bridge over the Seudre river was dangerous, with the cycle route narrow and separated from fast traffic only by some very low blocks. We also read about the alternative of taking the passenger boat over the Seudre […]

A new bike!

With Rosie’s friend Grace joining us in just one week (Rosie and Tom barely able to contain their excitement) we needed to free up a seat on the quad tandem and extend our tent/sleeping capacity. Although EV1 from La Rochelle to Rochefort was unimpressive, often running alongside the freeway, it rather conveniently spat us out […]

Le Thouet a velo continues

We’re under a bit of pressure to be in Bordeaux to meet Rosie’s friend Grace in 12 days. This changes things. Obliged to press on when we feel like resting, we have limited time for homeschool and our budget and appetites are getting out of hand as recovery food becomes a priority. It forces us […]

Le Thouet a velo

Day 1 – Saumur to Thouars Whoever designed the EV6 cycle route from Montsoreau to Saumur was overly proud of the regional troglodyte heritage, with twists and turns everywhere to explore subterranean dwellings. Interesting but frustrating cycling. Once that was out of the way, we struck out up a new cycle route, Le Thouet a […]

Farewell to the Loire

After a brief tour of Henri and Marie-Hélène’s garden (and the season’s first handful of blackberries), they cycled with us into Chinon where we all bought fruit and veg from the farmers market. Finding good quality fruit and veg is a challenge when you travel so this was a real treat. Many photos and goodbyes […]

Nightmare in La Foret Dominiale de Chinon

From Tours, we broke away from our 2010 route to explore Azay-le-Rideau and Chinon. Tom is going to blog about our day to Azay as we did something a bit special; this blog covers from there to Chinon. With only 20km to ride along shady forested roads to Chinon – or so we thought – […]

Downstream to Tours and the end of the Tyre Saga

Chambord surely boasts the most excessively exuberant, obscenely outrageous, utterly unnecessary roofscape in the world. Although we visited in 2010 we had to – just had to – see it again. Another evening of swimming and we retired to bed, braced for a trundle down the Loire to Blois the next day. Blois was a favourite […]