Arrondissement de Nogent-le-Rotrou

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    • Day19

      Illiers Combray to Nogent le Rotrou

      September 8, 2017 in France ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

      I have discovered when travelling that it is the unexpected events that are often the most magical. This was true when we reached the little town of Thiron-Gardais and went in search of a place for lunch.

      David decided to ride ahead (as he often does) and we rode after him (about a kilometre behind). None of us had any idea of what was ahead, but we somehow found ourselves outside an obviously ancient church. The garden was overgrown and the walls looked like they were on the verge of collapse. It was just my sort of place.

      We left the bikes and walked around the outside wall, looking for a way to get inside. Once inside, we were fascinated by the antiquity of the place. Ancient wooden pews had obviously been sat on by untold thousands of worshippers over the centuries. Overhead we looked up to see the crumbling timbers that were doing their best to stop the entire roof from collapsing down on us. A rickety ladder led up to the ceiling space, although it looked like it must have been a very long time since anyone would have been game enough to make that journey. You could feel the history in every nook and cranny of the place. It was a delightful, serendipitous discovery that was the highlight of the day's ride.

      We arrived at the town of Nogent le Rotrou and found that the imposing castle was locked and bolted. There was no option but to continue to our hotel.

      Our evening meal was at the L'Alambic Restaurant. This turned out to be too far from our hotel to walk, so we organised a taxi to drive back and forth to ferry us all there. After our less than happy experience at the previous evening's restaurant, this one will be remembered for all the right reasons.

      The food was superb, the waitresses were even choreographed in their movements as they served each course and the young owners were delightful. Everything about the place was amazing. It was easily the best meal of our entire time in France.
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    • Day12

      Illiers-Combray - Nogent-le-Retrou 59 km

      September 16, 2017 in France ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

      Our detour behind us, we got back to business. Our hotel patron Olivier saw us off. He had renovated his hotel and got some paint from an 88 year old friend who had painted the Eiffel Tower 🗼 (well...not all by himself 🤣). So he still has it - maybe it'll help with the rust!

      A beautiful day. Some wind (and yes...coming right toward us) but not bad. Met a Dutch couple cycling the other direction because "we're from Amsterdam and we know the wind comes from the west". Gotta love that local knowledge.

      An unseasonably cool 8 degrees to start the morning, but sunny. Rolling countryside. Just enough hill to get the heart rate up but not enough to discourage. Big farms. French Charlais cattle. Expansive countryside views.

      Coffee stop at Fraze. Finally seeing other cyclists and flower-filled bicycles marking the Veloscenie. Pain du chocolat et pain du pommes...just reward for a two hour leisurely ride 😋.

      Lunch by the abbey at Thiron-Garais. Sausage from an award winning charcuterie, cheese, bread, olives, wine. Haven't tired of this menu yet! pleut 🌦️. Waited it out, got the rain clothes on, but off they came within a half hour and rode into Nogent-le-Rotrou in the sunshine.

      Quite the accommodation tonite. 15th century manor 🏰 ...that's old! Gated courtyard, large common room with a suit-of-armour boot and many other antiques. Our patron is a former antiques dealer and a well-known (in those circles) key expert. Winding stone staircase to our room, wood shuttered windows. Very cool. (But they do have running water 😉).
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      Nan Poirier

      That may be the coolest entry to a hotel room ever! Love the door, love the stairs.

      Nan Poirier

      Did you have to take the bikes in?

      Cindy and Daryl Brown

      LoL. Bikes stayed behind big secured gate outside...thank goodness.

    • Day11

      Another day, another downpour

      June 11, 2018 in France ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

      I have to admit that by yesterday night I was getting really f-ing tired of the rain. It lasted for more than 24 hours straight. It was there when I went to sleep on Sunday (I camped in the very corner of my site because it had already rained several days and was starting to flood), ALL day and night on Monday, heavy - to the point that I didn't make all my miles due to starting late (hoping to wait it out. Didn't happen).

      AND THEN, it was still raining in the morning. I don't have a lot of pictures because my phone was in a plastic bag most of the day. But I grabbed a couple that felt necessary...
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    • Day1

      Let the adventure begin

      September 11, 2018 in France

      Jetzt geht es los auf große Europareise! Nach circa einem Jahr Vorbereitung in dem wir unseren Freudolin erworben, fahrtüchtig und wohnbereit machten, einen Dokortitel erlangten, unsere Jobs beendeten bzw. kündigten und unsere Wohnung zur Zwischenmiete in gute Hände gaben, können wir uns heute mit einem lachenden und einem weinenden Auge von Freiburg verabschieden. Wir freuen uns auf ein unvergessliches Jahr in dem wir verschiedenste Länder und Kulturen Europas kennenlernen dürfen, mit Sicherheit tolle Leute treffen werden, Freunde dazugewinnen und vorallem auch viel Zeit für uns selbst und einander haben werden.

      Unser erstes Reiseziel ist Irland, dass wir mit einer Fähre von Cherbourg aus ansteuern werden. Die ca. 900 km bis zum Hafen in Cherbourg haben wir in zwei Tagen zurückgelegt. Um mehr zu sehen und etwas Geld zu sparen haben wir dabei auf Mautstraßen verzichtet, was dafür natürlich etwas mehr Zeit in Anspruch genommen hat.

      Das Ziel am ersten Tag war auf jeden Fall Paris hinter uns zu lassen. Dass Paris nach 8 Stunden Unterwegssein und im Feierabendverkehr eine große Herausforderung darstellen würde, haben wir zunächst unterschätzt. Aber auch dies haben wir mit nur einem kleinen ungewollten Umweg gemeistert.

      Gegen 19 Uhr haben wir dann unser erstes Zwischenziel ein verlassenes Feld im Wildpark "Parc Naturel" südwestlich von Versailles erreicht. Hinweis hierzu hat uns die App iOverlander gegeben. Dass der Weg dorthin aber so gar nichts mehr mit einer befestigten Straße zutun hatte, das wurde dort allerdings nicht erwähnt. Aber keine Sorge die Achsen sind noch ganz.
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    • Day2

      Chargés comme des mules

      July 11, 2021 in France ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      Pas sûr de trouver des magasins ouverts aujourd'hui, ça part en expédition chez Leclerc avant de vraiment rouler. On a quand même eu le temps de se taper un bon kilomètre à environ 7% de moyenne, ça réveille !Read more

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