Wednesday, August 10, 2011

24 Hours

The taxi comes tomorrow in 24 hours and we are nearly done with our preparations.  The infamous "Black Bag" looks like it is too heavy so something will need to come out, but with the scale at the ready, we should be able to deal with this.

Clothes are picked out, other things are in bags and the trash is out.  Let's go!

As we leave I am extremely saddened by the state of affairs in Manchester and in other parts of the country.  It is sickening to see the images on TV and to read about the continuing unrest.  We only hope that things turn around soon and that folks in areas affected by the goings-on will feel some sense of security soon.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Dinard, Brittany

It's rainy here in Dinard - a spiffy little coastal town with a beach right downtown.  Unfortunately, the sun from yesterday is nowhere to be seen.  We've celebrated (?) this fact with a sleep-in, Swedish pancakes, Husker Du (sorry, no umlauts) and (for Andrea) two trips to the open-air market.  She picked up an industrial-strength coffee for me so I'm happy.

Last night was our first one spent inside in over a week as we are just off of our bike tour of the central-north section of Brittany.  It was an awesome trip!  We rode 20-40 km days, with one day off of the bike walking around the Isle de Brehat.  Rose and Xyla took very well to the bikes and the camping.  We cooked all of our meals from our vast store of grains we took along and veggis that we picked up along the way.  All of our gear was provided by an English couple who run a company, Breton Bikes, that supports trips like ours.  We had two adult/child tandems and all of the camping stuff we needed.  I pulled a BOB/action packer trailer.  It was a load, but doable.  I will put photos up once we get a replacement battery for our camera, something that disappeared in transit from the charge-up spot to our campground.  Mysterious.  We looked and looked, but to no avail.

Brittany is beautiful and it was sort of a bummer to finish the ride.  We could have gone longer.  

Our apartment for the weekend was located through Air B&B.  It is a third-floor walk-up with everything we need.  The owners are off sailing and we are paying them for the opportunity to stay here.  Way better than a hotel room and at the same cost.  Sweet deal.

One more night here then we head toward Calais where we Chunnel it back to England on Monday.