Day 14 – La Rochelle & Ill de Re

(55km)

Yesterday, when I wrote about day off, I meant I would stay in the same camp site, but didn’t mean I will  not cycle.

After such a hot day, it was a big surprise to wake up in the rain. I got a little bit annoyed as I had so many things I wanted to see and do in the area. After my late breakfast I put all my waterproofs on and headed for the town of La Rochelle which was a little further than I thought.

Please go away black cloud

Go away black cloud!

La Rochelle is very beautiful, maybe one of my best so far. Had loads of small alleys and old buildings with character, as well as an old port. Unfortunately I didn’t stay as much as I wanted, as I also wanted to cross to the island. I think it’s a place that I should revisit some time as it has so many things to offer.

By the post office at La Rochelle

By the post office at La Rochelle

La Rochelle port

La Rochelle port

To go to the island of Re, I had to cycle about 10km and cross another big bridge, which luckily had a dedicated cycle path, so things were kind of easy.

Crossing the bridge. Notice in which direction the wind blows again!

Crossing the bridge. Notice in which direction the wind blows again!

The 4km bridge

The 4km bridge as seen from the island

Again when I got to the island, I didn’t have to leave the cycle paths, as you can go to any little village on them. That’s why I saw numerous shops rending bikes. I didn’t want to cycle all the way to the west end of the island, as that was 30 kilometres away and didn’t fit with my day off. I visited La Flotte and Saint Martin De Re villages, both very beautiful.

Nice cycle path between the villages

Nice cycle path between the villages

The port at Saint Martin

The port at Saint Martin

An old remaining of a church

An old remaining of a church

In the afternoon I headed back to L’Houmeau to my camp site to do some more washing up and get some rest for tomorrow’s adventure.

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