Thursday, 1 July 2010
Day 3 Le Touquet-Paris-Plage to Eu
We started the day well refreshed and content. The day was planned to be a short one, and at only 75 km we were confident that this would be a recovery day. We left late as a result, before realising that our tyres were severely deflated given the enormous additional weight we were carrying (we had around 20 extra kilos of clothing, water and repair kits to carry, each! That is apart from Billy who had managed to pack everything into an impossible tiny backpack.). As a result, we had to locate the nearest bicycle store and check for punctures. We eventually set off, after a small excursion à la plage, down a cycle route. The roads in France are so much more cycle-friendly! They are also labelled much more clearly, making it much harder to get lost, so navigating was much simpler. We soon left the bustling urban area and entered the French countryside, which really was very pretty and for once we had the time to enjoy it. We enjoyed lunch in a typical French brasserie in the centre of Rue, a town dating from the 16th century. On our way there, we met a pair of ponies, named Gaspard et Balthazar. Despite the sun and our rapidly worsening sunburns we arrived in Eu after an exhilarating downhill, where we stopped for a well-earned rest and handpicked some redcurrants.