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27 Aug 2013

Summer Holiday 2013 (Days 03/04)

Today we cycled from out hotel on the outskirts of Quimper to Lanndevennec on the Bay of Brest. The French roads are a quantum leap in quality over our roads in the UK: smooth surfaces, proper edges and wide enough to allow cars to overtake without knocking you into the bushes. Having said that, Breton drivers are much more bike aware than their British equivalents and do give you proper space when they pass.

Tonight we are staying in the gite d'etape in Lanndevennec, after some more galette and crepe of course...!

In the morning we cycled from Landevennec to join the canal at the last lock (No. 237) "Guily Glas". The road out of the village was only marked at 12% but it was a lot steeper in places - felt more like 50%... There were also some fearsome ups and downs along the route - I could smell the disk breaks on my bike on one of the descents and even then I trigged a speed indicating camera!

At Guily Glas we joined the canal where most people end it - we're doing the canal in the reverse direction to normal as it makes more logical sense from a route planning perspective. We then started to cycle along the cycle path, stopping for lunch at Chateaulin and finally stopping for the night at Chateauneuf-du-Faou between locks 219 and 218.

The cycling along the towpath or chemin de halage, was a lot easier going that the road to get to it - being very flat. The route is clearly marked, in good condition and has plenty of picnic tables and benches along it's length. I wouldn't take a road bike on the path but a robust hybrid bike or mountain bike is fine.

Pictures can now be found: picasaweb.google.com.