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FRANCE – Wild Camping

FRANCE – Wild Camping

To start with, wild camping πŸ•οΈ in France is all together easier than wild camping in Spain. By a country-mile! Not at one point did I feel I needed to stealth camp. Some locations I was fairly visible, like a canal or by a lake πŸš£ or two! It just seems widely excepted! I would still try and make myself as undetected as possible, preferably in a wooded 🌳 enclosure. I love the protective feel of a canopy above. I particular like pine πŸŒ²πŸŒ²πŸŒ²πŸŒ² forests….

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FRANCE – Plemet to Padstow

FRANCE – Plemet to Padstow

I’m getting to the stage in writing this, that this trip took place well over a year ago and I’m starting to forget the details! Some might say that’s down to age, I say it’s down to time ⏲️ but then they’re both inextricably linked! It finally feels this journey has come to an end and I’m slightly sad for it, but I’m soon to set off on another small journey further down south … whoop whoop! πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί En-route I pass through…

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FRANCE – Nantes to Plemet

FRANCE – Nantes to Plemet

After managing to untangle myself from a city πŸ™οΈ ie determine the exact direction out! I follow the river Erdre northwards. I subsequently also lost this cycle route as signposting was poor or I was poor! If it was there at all! I ended up cycling through, what I think was a kind of scout / brownies summer camp. I cycled passed them, they all gauped 😲 I next had to cycle back as the gate was locked on the otherside … they…

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FRANCE – La Garde to Nantes

FRANCE – La Garde to Nantes

I wasn’t in a hurry to leave La Garde. It was peaceful (except for a rooster!) and the wine flowed πŸ· Not sure my head was terribly keen after the previous nights wine! It didn’t help it was hot too β˜€! I was grumpy πŸ€”  This is central France: it’s relatively flat. It was a delight as one can leisurely cycle without any effort … what a novelty! The fields were been harvested and the sunflowers were out in force. Fields and fields…

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FRANCE – Le Tour 2016

FRANCE – Le Tour 2016

Stage 4 – Saumur to Limoges After having seen in 2014 Le Grand Depart in Yorkshire πŸš΄β€β™‚️ I was now fortunate to be near the route passing through Le Dorat enroute to Limoges from Saumur. The most enjoyable part was the procession train before the race game through. And after all that, I forgot to capture a photo of any riders πŸš΄β€β™‚οΈπŸš΄β€β™‚οΈπŸš΄β€β™‚οΈπŸš΄β€β™‚οΈ as they passed! What a plonker πŸ™„ Photos curtsy of a friend!

FRANCE – Operation Bulbasket

FRANCE – Operation Bulbasket

I’d been made aware of an operation by the British Special Air Service SAS during WW2. This was a behind-the-enemy-lines-operation to disrupt the German (Nazi) movements of troops and heavy armour en-route to the channel coast to bolster the defenses for the Normandy landings (D-day). 33 members of B sqn 1 SAS who were captured and later executed by German (Nazi) forces while on Operation Bulbasket which ran from June-August 1944 in the Poitiers-Verriers region of France. On this job comprised…

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