Far be it from me –

Cycling to Paris,  Gournay-en-Bray to Conflans St. Honorine

on July 31, 2015


Today was always going to be tough: the furthest distance and the most ‘undulating’ terrain. Carrying 11kg panniers uphill when you aren’t the strongest of cyclists is tough, never mind doing it over and over again for several hours in blazing heat. I had argued strongly that we should stop regularly, and make sure we were in the shade when the sun was overhead between one and two o’clock. We set off back down the path to the nasty busy road, then into the town centre which had been like a ghost town centre last night. Today, by contrast, was market day and it was buzzing with stall holders getting set up for the day. I managed to catch one of the stalls with my pannier as I went past… nobody noticed so I made a quick getaway!

After just 9 miles we came upon a small village – St…

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