Chartes vs Chichester

Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
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Trip End Aug 21, 2011


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La Quai Fleuris - Logis Hotel

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Woke at 8.30 after another 11 hours sleep! We are getting much quicker at packing up the tent so it didn't take too long to do that and drink our coffee and eat our frankfurter baguette. Cycled in the sunshine on a fast road through dense forest until  a ruined chateaus appeared and we we in La Ferte Vidame. Stopped for coffee and to get our water bottles filled up. (Every bar has been great about doing that.) Met a man who had sailed round the world in his youth.Our target for lunch was Chartes until we saw a sign saying 47km. We cycled till 2 when we had to stop at a supermarket for food. It was shut but luckily the cafe wasn't and we ate the most enormous baguettes and more chips. Made another friend, Patrick from, Barfleur who was very excited about our trip but had had too ,uch wine with his lunch to give us much advice. We could see the Cathedral across the fields as we cycled on and depite getting used to the traffic in a big town, it was very exciting to be there. It felt like we had made real progress on the map. We had to go into the Cathedral separatly to look after the bikes, but it was worth it. The stained glass is incredible. As we had already done 48miles we decided to go to the closest camsite on our tourist map. It took 20mins to negotiqte the traffic out of town and into the nearest village, where after muxh searching the campsite turned out to be shut. Had to cycle another 20miles on very tired legs to Voves. The tourist map told us there was a campstie there - it lied. There was a very nice hotel however and after 73mile swe were extremely pleased to snuggle up in a room with ensuite, free wifi and television and nothing to do! It was fantastic to read all the messages on our blog xx
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Ernest on

Hey, I've found you! Don't laugh but this is the very first Blog I've ever seen let alone sent a message. After my mobile phone another step into the technical revolution. Terrific achievement; my legs ache just reading it. I'm worried about you falling off your bike all the time Polly, you remember I did suggest a tricycle. Glad you have the Goons with you! Thinking about you, take great care. X

Madeline Morrison-Price on

Hi Kids! Goodness me, what an adventure! whats this i've read about bum blisters?!! sounds just awesome out there. so happy for you. bet you've got legs of steel already. I'm now into day five of my course. already learnt why its important to teach yp writing :) week and a half til i'm in my first school! so much love for you both. Will be sporadic on here as am stupidly busy with the mountains of reading they're giving me, but thinking of you lots xxx

george_s
george_s on

P and M, Just got back from sea and can finally write!! Sounds so amazing and am over the moon you're making safe and good progress......... Has Mikey got a string of garlic round his neck yet - I can just see him getting 'down wiv locals'!
Hope you're both well!!
G

Alice Banting on

You guys are going great guns. Your thighs are going to be hard as steel with all those hills. Me and Jim are planning to be in Goa around the 22nd of November so hopefully we will be able to catch up with you. Haven't booked flights yet cause muggins here needs a new passport which is hopefully on its way. Will let you know details when I have them Pols. Look after each other

xxxxA

Mum and Dad on

Will be in Istanbul November 9th until14th so get pedalling and we will have a big beer waiting for you.In the meantime we shall enjoy hearing all about you travelsxxxxx

pollyandmikey
pollyandmikey on

25 miles from geneva, using free wifi as an excuse to have a burger in macdonalds at 11 am! Can't wait to get there, see friends and sleep in a bed. Worst shower in the world at campsite last night so we are very dirty and sweaty from crazy hills. Will be updating blog tomorrow as we enjoy our first rest day in geneva.

Jojo on

Have a great well-earned rest! We are all thinking of you and following blog with baited breath. Back here in little old England we did the Boat Show on Monday - really an excuse to have a slap up lunch and today CJB went to the Goodwood Revival suitably dressed in cravat, sports coat and brouges - he doesn't have to try too hard to look vintage! George had his leaving party (from Dauntless) on Alice yesterday which looked great fun from pictures and Mums and Dads have got Fat Face all next week for photo shoots - all very exciting. Will be baby sitting that georgeous baby tomorrow so will sharpen the needle so we can wake him up when E&G have left!
All out love Jojo and Christopher

Foos on

Hi lovelies! Loving reading about all your adventures, do hope you've had a good rest today. The weather in Cornwall has been cold but lovely today so we've had a nice walk along the coast and I've attempted some artisitc photography but fairly sure that it'll turn out rubbish! At least after the walking we felt we could justify fish and chips on the beach this evening. It's a hard life!
We're going out for a nice lunch with Andy and Mel in Rock for an early birthday treat tomorrow, then of to Paris to Thursday for some city sophistication then funand frolics at Disneyland! That is all French Air Traffic Controllers strike permitting...
I thought of you yesterday Pollen when Chris Moyles was playing his wonder years, and distressingly Macy Gray came on...your favourite from back in the day!!
Lots of love (and I do hope your bum blisters have healed..) xxx

Jojo on

Oy - where's this blooming blogg?

Ian J on

Hi Polly just found time to finally catch up with you. Great progress after a difficult start! It was brill to see you at Gunwharf and I half wanted to set off to. I agree with your thoughts on Chartres cathedral! Look forward to next blog.
Ian x

Elizabeth,George,Charlotte&Giles on

Hey hey,
E -We have all just watched the wedding videos! Brilliant and was an amazing day!
C - Very funny watching everyone try and avoid the camera - should perhaps take note for next time!
GW - Top home video very amusing i successfully avoided the camera. peace.
GS - Basically, I am gobsmacked about what potty-mouth Polly said when she got out of the wedding car!!! Great fun to watch while munching on Nacho's doin' the early doors routine - thinking of you both..........
E- we are missing you loads but reckon you should currently be enjoying Geneva still? Anyway love from all and hear from you soon.
GS - keep on truckin

xxxxxxxxxx

Olaf on

Where are you? xxx

pollyandmikey
pollyandmikey on

Hi everyone, we are happy and safe in Bern. have completed the blog up to date, but are waiting to find somewhere we can put the photos on aswell. No SD slots. Miss you all, and I did just spend 20 mins writing replies to everyone which the computer then deleted so have given up before I smash it up. Celebrating our one month wedding anniversary with a doner kebab xxx

Jojo & Christopher on

Happy anniversary and sweet dreams xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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