Day 10 – rest day in Beaugency
Days 18-23 spent at Paray le Monial waiting for a bike shop to rebuild the back wheel. After 6 days they gave up and we moved on still needing a rear wheel rebuild.
Days 29-31 spent in Lyon. Wheel rebuilt in an hour by someone who knew what they were doing. Three days to explore the city.
Days 36 and 37 spent resting. Towards the end of Day 35 I had a bout of sickness bought on by food poisoning. This resulted in rapid dehydration and a trip to A&E in an ambulance. After a few hours on a drip I was fine again, but the doctor said three days rest. (We set off after two, I felt fine and wanted to get moving again.)
We spent six nights in Toulouse then cycled out to the airport where we had arranged a hire car. We loaded the bike and trailer into the car and drove to Marciac. Spent a week at Marciac at the International Tandem Rally, riding with friends and socialising in the evenings. Then we drove back to the Channel Coast, stopping at Bordeaux and a nice B&B out in the sticks near La Chapelle-Saint-Laurent along the way. We stayed at Luc Sur Mer, north of Caen and dropped the car off at the airport. Spent a couple of days exploring and riding – to Bayeaux – then caught an overnight ferry back to Portsmouth. We took a couple of days to get back home, stopping overnight halfway in a hotel.