Well it was bound to happen sooner or later. A rainy day.
The rain cleared, we removed the troublesome mudguards from Doug's bike, and got on the road at 10:00. Fair-warning that this ride story is rather long. But hey, it was a memorable day, and this blog is our diary as well as being entertainment for our family and friends...
Well, sort of... It rained Saturday morning, and a little more Saturday night - the first rain we've had in a couple of weeks (though it's not as hot here as in central France).
Just before we were going to leave the house Sunday morning for the 08:00 VÃ©lo d'Iroise ride it started raining again. We did a mad scramble to put mudguards on my bike, and failed.
Having the luxury of lots of time to ride, we decided to ride later in the day. It's almost 09:00 now and the sun is starting to peek through.
We were out walking around Saint-Renan last evening looking at potential rental apartments when we noticed a building in Place aux Cheval with signs for FFCT (la FÃ©dÃ©ration franÃ§aise de cyclotourisme), and another club, VÃ©lo d'Iroise.
July 14th is the French National Holiday. I've always heard it called Bastille Day, but the French around here seem to just call it "FÃªte National".
Today is the day before National Day and IFREMER is closed.
Menhirs (a Breton word that translates literally as long stone) are standing stones that were erected at least 5000 years ago. This one is the Kerloas Menhir and it is the closest one to the house we are living in at Saint-Renan. It is about 5 km away, atop a 132 m high ridge. It is said that it can be seen from 30 km, but I've not been able to pick it out from more than a few hundred metres away.
Susan and Doug moved to France at the beginning of July 2006, for a 6 month sabbatical leave.
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