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It’s All Over Now

As the boat came in to Portsmouth, the tannoy announced that “due to congestion in the docks” we would be 20 minutes late. However, as cyclists we were the first off the boat. When we emerged from the dockyard we

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Tuesday – On the boat

This was the only day on the journey when we had to get somewhere at a certain time. We had 70km to cover and needed to check in by 4:00 pm. So we were on the road soon after 7:30.

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Monday – The last hotel

We knew we had 90 km to cover so we were on the road at 8:00. As often happened we had the pleasure of a walk up the he hill to get out of town, the next 30 km were

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Sat and Sun – Long

Saturday and Sunday were quite a drag. From Soissons to Compeign, Compeign to Clermont and Clermont to Gisors. As it was the weekend, the main roads between places were busy and we spent our time and too many miles working

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Friday – Boris kept his seat – why?

Like yesterday the morning was very different from the afternoon. The forecast was for rotten weather and when we woke it was raining heavily. So we had breakfast and then just hung around until nearly 10:00. Then the rain stopped

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It wer’ a day of two ‘arves ‘arry

The morning was spent on the D3 heading into Chalons en Champagne. This is a busy road with a white strip only some of the time. We were supposed to move on to quieter less direct roadshow but seem to

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Wednesday – Half a day

The forecast for today was at least dry and the head winds were now threatened as 20 to 40 km so it was marginally better than yesterday. Can we get a train to Reims? Yes you can take bikes on

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Tuesday – It’s horrible

We had done 3 long days. The weather forecast was not bad it was seriously horrible. The TV forecast for France was showing 70km winds. The regional forecast on the web said 32km with gusts of 50. Thunderstorms were threatened

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Monday – much quieter

The wind was gone when we woke, but the hotel blinds had done too good a job and it was 7:00 before we surfaced. By the time we had eaten and I had done a couple of repairs to my

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Sunday – Lola est mort

To be accurate she is mortally wounded. It has been increasingly difficult to see the screen throughout our journey. The drenching we got on Friday evening made things much worse. But the total washout yesterday evening seems to have done

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