Villedieu-les-Poeles – Mt-Robin – Villebaudon – Torigni-s-Vire – Caumont-l’Evente – Caen – Dozulé
Dist: 115.03 km
Avg speed: 16.9 km/h
Max speed: 46.8 km/h
Tot time: 155.18
Tot dist: 2858.2 km
This trip will never stop amazing me with what is hidden behind the next corner.
This morning got up as usual about 7. Had a little chat with people on the,opposite pitch and then went for breakfast.
Yesterday whilst cycling I passed a couple on bikes. Said hello and went on. I was getting ready for the big hill in Avranches. Then I met them at the camp had a quick word and went to do my shopping.
This morning I met the guy after the breakfast. I was about to leave the camp and we spent a good hour chatting by the gate.
It turned out that Francois, Belgian guy was on the road since May. Started this particular trip in Instambul. Biologist by profession, on sabbatical. His partner Julie, joint him in Avignon, and they cycled through France together. These were his last days of the trip after 4 months on the road. Next week he wss back to work. Got his blog. Will have to check later, is in French.
After an inspiring chat it was time to say till next one and get on the route.
And it was a fantastic ride again. I think stopping before the 6hrs in the saddle yesterday has helped the recovery. I felt do much more lively this morning. It could have been the chat with Francois, can be the comments I got last night from the blog.
Anyhow, first part started with an uphill, then it was the Mt-Robin, nice and steady uphill. It took be good 1/2 hrs to get there.
If you are around this part of France do the route I did today. Not a single boring moment.
After the hill there was a bit of down and then I turned into D13. My gosh, absolutely great few minutes if cycling. Really great downhill. Then of course came the hills.
I really don’t mind uphills if they are long and if there is a nice downhill afterwards. And there were loads of them. Unfortunately I hit stronger head or cross winds. These were slowing me down, but not to the point of being a nightmare.
There was a strong uphill to Caumont-l’Evente, stopped there in a little bae.g. The lady in the shop spoke perfect English and we had spot of a chat with her.
After Caumont-l’Evente the road went down and down and down. Well maybe there were a few uphills but nothing major.
By 3 o’clock I was going through Caen. Missed the town couple of years ago, so went to see what was it like. Really pretty. Great landmarks: castle, little streets. The navigation, or rather lack of signposts, tricky single direction roads, some letting bikes in some not, and road closures was the downside.
As I felt still quite strong I decided to go ahead. Got to Troarn, at the exit from Troarn i got a quick look at the landscape in frint of me. There was a liitle spot on the busy road that offered the preview for a very short time. Again it was like a magic. All hills and slopes, forests and fields, and was still feeling good so I went ahead to Dezule.
Found a nice hotel and did all of shopping for tomorrow. All stuff is dry and clean.