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Friday, 23 May 2008

Normandy. Friday 23 May. Bricquebec to Caen.

The morning started with a sumptuous breakfast including dried fruit and strawberries. Weather was clear warm and sunny with some cloud later.

Linda made some enquires with the help of the hotel and found out that Cherbourg remained closed with no ferries going there from England but Caen was open. The decision was made to get a train to
Caen from a Station at Valognes, 6 miles away. We would then get the 17.15 ferry today bringing forward our ferry from tomorrow. Linda made the calls, got the ferry tickets changed and cancelled tonight's hotel in Cherbourg.

A text from Phil indicated he was still waiting at
Cherbourg so Linda rang him and advised him to head for Caen. We later heard he and Mary caught a ferry from Caen at midday after getting an early train.

We cycled the
6 miles to Valognes and booked ourselves and 11 bikes on the 13.15 train to Caen. We then had a few hours to wait around at a nearby café having coffee or hot chocolate and wandering around town.

A military operation was planned for the bikes with luggage taken off on the platform, and the ladies loading the luggage and the gents loading the bikes. There were 6 hooks for front wheels to hang up on and the others were piled against an entrance. The guard was very accommodating.

At
Caen there was an exit down steps but Linda persuaded the station staff to lead us across the tracks.

Linda navigated us across
Caen to the Cyclepath to Ouistram. This is a long paved path alongside the river with views of a ship being towed down the river and also passing Pegasus Bridge.

We were greatly relieved when we got on the ferry which sailed without incident.Smile

My mileage, to Valognes, to Ouistram and after a train from
Portsmouth to Chichester the ride home to Pagham totalled 27 miles.

Edwin

Posted by RideLeader at 23:09 BST

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