Mathilda, my faithful steed.
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A Frenchman told me there's not much to see in Brittany. He was right.
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This is about the point I met another English cyclist, who suggested we follow the canal to Rennes.
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This...
...and this was (part of) the aftermath. We sold out and got a cheap hotel room, which I imagine they're still cleaning the mud out of.
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There was a time early on when I would have called this a steep hill.
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Not even a kettle in the room: roughing it.
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Buffet starter: I don't know what all of this was, but it was pretty damn spectacular. This was followed by a steak which I devoured too quickly to take a photo of.
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Some sort of DIY river crossing contraption, where you pull youself across on a chain. British health and safety would be all over this here.
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Plevy, I got a bit of surveying done out here: 200m york stone.
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My tent/home/sarcophagus.
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This was around about the point where my knee decided to give up.
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My preparations for what I expected to be the worst day's navigating.
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This seemed like a brilliant idea, until I woke up with semi-permanently transferred green marker all over my face.
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ROFL.
I was starting to realise that my earlier encounters with 'hills' were a bit tame.
Fun fact #1: This is pretty much how I felt at the time.
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It became clear that a destination on a green or blue sign meant 'the direct and easy way that is not accessible to cyclists', whereas 'par route touristique' meant 'fuck you cyclists, this goes straight over every hill on purpose.'
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Left turn? Nope.
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Now THESE are steep.
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Fun fact #2: This is about the point where I collapsed off of my bike and had to lie at the side of the road for half an hour to regain my composure.
Worth it for the downhill afterwards though.
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Nath, whatever 'services' you may offer, they're clearly renowned enough to be signposted from the east of France.
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The Sirens of Annecy - two skeletons found in the lake in 1949, which appear to have fishes' tails.
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This is where I set up camp for my first night in Geneva.
First leg of the victory lap...
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The view from my hostel room in Evian-les-Bains, of bottled water fame.
"I'm sorry sir, but the rooms don't have toilets in..."
Frankly I don't know what you're supposed to be then, but tonight you're a toilet.
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This is what essentially fuelled the whole trip.
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The star of the show, parked up for the last time.
Now I'd seen some pretty brilliant things on this trip, but this is an absolutely triumph of Swiss ingenuity - Ovaltine chocolate spread. Spread on crispy French tartines, it tastes like melted Maltesers on toast, and is absolutely bloody phenomenal.
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My well-deserved victory swim in Lake Geneva.
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St Malo - Geneva
simick
Author: simick (ID: 17640)
Posted: 2011-08-04 20:39 GMT+00:00
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Mathilda, my faithful steed.
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A Frenchman told me there's not much to see in Brittany. He was right.
CIMG0684
CIMG0685
CIMG0686
CIMG0687
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This is about the point I met another English cyclist, who suggested we follow the canal to Rennes.
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This...
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...and this was (part of) the aftermath. We sold out and got a cheap hotel room, which I imagine they're still cleaning the mud out of.
CIMG0692
CIMG0693
CIMG0694
CIMG0696
CIMG0699
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CIMG0702
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There was a time early on when I would have called this a steep hill.
CIMG0706
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Not even a kettle in the room: roughing it.
CIMG0709
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Buffet starter: I don't know what all of this was, but it was pretty damn spectacular. This was followed by a steak which I devoured too quickly to take a photo of.
CIMG0711
CIMG0713
CIMG0714
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Some sort of DIY river crossing contraption, where you pull youself across on a chain. British health and safety would be all over this here.
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Plevy, I got a bit of surveying done out here: 200m york stone.
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My tent/home/sarcophagus.
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This was around about the point where my knee decided to give up.
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My preparations for what I expected to be the worst day's navigating.
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CIMG0768
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This seemed like a brilliant idea, until I woke up with semi-permanently transferred green marker all over my face.
CIMG0776
CIMG0777
CIMG0778
CIMG0779
CIMG0780
ROFL.
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I was starting to realise that my earlier encounters with 'hills' were a bit tame.
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Fun fact #1: This is pretty much how I felt at the time.
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It became clear that a destination on a green or blue sign meant 'the direct and easy way that is not accessible to cyclists', whereas 'par route touristique' meant 'fuck you cyclists, this goes straight over every hill on purpose.'
CIMG0788
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Left turn? Nope.
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CIMG0794
CIMG0796
CIMG0797
CIMG0798
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Now THESE are steep.
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Fun fact #2: This is about the point where I collapsed off of my bike and had to lie at the side of the road for half an hour to regain my composure.
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Worth it for the downhill afterwards though.
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Nath, whatever 'services' you may offer, they're clearly renowned enough to be signposted from the east of France.
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The Sirens of Annecy - two skeletons found in the lake in 1949, which appear to have fishes' tails.
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This is where I set up camp for my first night in Geneva.
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First leg of the victory lap...
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The view from my hostel room in Evian-les-Bains, of bottled water fame.
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"I'm sorry sir, but the rooms don't have toilets in..."
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Frankly I don't know what you're supposed to be then, but tonight you're a toilet.
CIMG0856
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This is what essentially fuelled the whole trip.
CIMG0861
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The star of the show, parked up for the last time.
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Now I'd seen some pretty brilliant things on this trip, but this is an absolutely triumph of Swiss ingenuity - Ovaltine chocolate spread. Spread on crispy French tartines, it tastes like melted Maltesers on toast, and is absolutely bloody phenomenal.
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My well-deserved victory swim in Lake Geneva.
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