LA ROCHELLE DAY 3 - 0kmSeptember 23, 2017 in France
So rest day 3 took an even more chilled approach as a request from the Midland Cavalry team (that's me and Ross, I've got the privilege of guest blogging for the day!) we wanted to hit one of the sandy beaches as living in the middle of the UK they are hard to come by! As the Stoker had already scouted out the cycle hire opportunity and the impressive array of cycle networks on the island, she was keen for us all to experience some of this French riding road trip, however after some persuasion and reminding that these were the rest days, we took the €5 hop on hop off bus to explore. A much more relaxing approach.
As we left La Rochelle after being told "vite, vite" by one bus driver, we ran to the next bus and caught it just as it was about to leave. We set off out of the town over the bridge and onto the neighbouring large island. As we continued through the quaint villages for 50 minutes or so we reached our first destination of Les Bois-Plage-en-R? We hopped off the bus and were greeted by a large French market through the streets of the village. After a mosey through we stopped for a coffee stop to ensure the pace of the day was certainly relaxed! After a refuel we headed to the beach not really knowing what to expect. On our way out Mum noticed a €5 towel stand closing up for lunch, but seeing as their luggage was limited and lacking beach attire she decided to purchase the "Angry Birds" towel and that the Calvary could take it home seeing as they were now 5kg lighter than they were on the way out!
We headed to the beach, it was very sparse with only a handful of people across the beautiful white sandy unspoilt beach. We pitched up, had our picnic and all went for a paddle whilst debating if the Atlantic Sea was warm enough for a dip. As time went on and into the early afternoon, more and more people arrived. Not living near the sea anymore and realising we haven't been for a dip this year, I wasn't going to let the opportunity pass by. Mum quickly followed as we hesitantly entered the water, before tripping on one of the very few rocks underneath I was in! After being swimming photographer, Ross decided to come for a swim too where as the captain sat with the baggage keeping an eye on proceedings.
After our swim we headed back on the bus before stoping again at the next village of St-Martin-de-Rè. As we exited the bus and made our way through the old Fort ruins, we made it to the bustling port, which you can imagine has been used in many a film set. A quicker stop this time just for coffee, crepes and ice cream and we headed back to make sure we caught the last bus of the day back to La Rochelle or it was a long walk home!
As we left the island, tired, but relaxed we all agreed the bus would have been the only option for today and a return trip in the motorhome with Bromptons would be a better option of exploring the island by bike than on this adventure!
After getting back to our apartment, we spruced up and headed out for a meal on the old Port front, before retiring for the night.Read more