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The Manche to the Med - Day 16: Heading for Home...
Heads were somewhat delicate this morning - and there was a sense of sadness as we packed our stuff for the last time. Whilst this adventure has seen us on the road for 15 days, it seems to have flashed past in a blur. Suddenly it's done and we're heading f...
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The Manche to the Med - Day 15: Carcassonne to Gruissan
Breakfast started with a promise - bacon and eggs on the menu - but on closer inspection their idea of a English breakfast was small lardons and watery scrambled eggs - didn't look appetising whatsoever. We opted for the usual fare, stocking up for what sho...
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The Manche to the Med - Day 14: Toulouse to Carcassonne
Today's ride will see us cover 63 miles - the longest stage of the trip. Not massive miles ordinarily, especially if we were on road bikes - however on these heavy tourers, carrying a full load, it's an entirely different proposition. We're slightly later g...
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The Manche to the Med - Day 13: Montauban to Toulouse
It feels cold this morning, the sky is a uniform felted grey, it's drizzling outside. We wander down to breakfast and survey a familiar scene: this is our daily bread, and croissants, ham and cheezzzzzzzzzzeee.... oh I'm so tired of it. I'd just worked my w...
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The Manche to the Med - Day 12: Cahors to Montauban
By now mornings are pretty much an autopilot affair - the bedroom scene is simultaneously choreographed and automated, as we pack our panniers in robotic fashion. We could probably do this with our eyes shut. Breakfast: No surprises - but it does the job. W...
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The Manche to the Med - Day 11: Sarlat to Cahors
Breakfast was another decent buffet this morning. The room was busy, lots of American's fussing over which sort of coffee to choose. For us it was back to our usual routine, eat as much as possible, get our bags packed, load the bikes, pay the bill and off....
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The Manche to the Med - Rest Day: Sarlat
Planning an adventure like this is always going to throw up issues that can only be answered with hindsight. If we were doing it again, or when we do something similar, I think shorter mileage and a couple more rest days would be a good idea. As it was our ...
The Manche to the Med - Rest Day: Sarlat
The Manche to the Med - Rest Day: Sarlat
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The Manche to the Med - Day 10: Montignac to Sarlat
We're over half way now - another glance at the map and it seems hard to believe that we've cycled all this way, carrying all our stuff, unsupported, on bikes that weigh almost as much as we do! The hotel in Montignac is interesting - it seems there is just...
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The Manche to the Med - Day 9: Thiviers to Montignac
Breakfast is everything. The beginning, the first thing. It is the mouthful that is the commitment to a new day and a continuing life. Here we are, on the road in France and every day the same thing for breakfast - although I delight at the egg-shell cruste...
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The Manche to the Med - Day 8: Rochechouart to Thiviers
We're on the Voie Verte again - but it's a lovely smooth surface for mile after mile. And we share it with no-one. We're cycling through the 'Parc Naturel Regional Perigord Limousin' 1800 square kilometres of moors, meadows, forests and a few lakes. On the ...
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