Today was a very good day, which started with an early sunshine, no rain and a couple of croasants du chocolat. I left the campsite at 10:30 and started looking for that cycling path I had decided the day before. Unfortunately when I got there I realised it’s not tarmac but small gravel and since my bike has really thin tyres, I had to take the conventional roads. Thin tyres are good and fast, but not ideal at all for touring, as you miss out so many things and you always afraid that they will get a punchure.
Most of the day I cycled on midium size roads, so I had relativly many cars passing next to me. Thankfully the french drivers are very good and most of them would go completly to the opposite direction side of the road to overtake me.
My first stop at around midday was at La Haye Du Puit. I was hungry so went for hunting in the local butchers. I was planning to get some pate, some tomatoes and a bread, but when I went in I saw this ready to take away lasagne sand couldn’t resist the convenience. I couldn’t find anywhere appropriate to eat them, so I had them at the main square’s car park, pretending I am looking at the local map.
I was rather full, so I left the town, urgently looking for a siesta hideout. A couple of kilometers later, I saw a sideroad that led to a farm and snoozed on the crass for about half and hour.
After I recovered my energy, I started pedaling again to the next town Lessay and then Coutance which was my main destination. From there the coast wasn’t that far away and easy to locate a camping. I stayed in the town for a couple of hours for a soft drink and a little wonder around. Apart from the nice cathedral, it has an amazing garden, where two weddings were taking place at the time. As I was caring my bike and an old lady started dragging me to show me the flowers that formed cyclists. I think it was the towns theme, but didn’t understand why.
After I stretched my legs, I continued heading to the coast by the main road again. Just before my final destination though, I decided to take a little detour in order to see the full length of the beach where the river meets the sea. By accident I found a signed rout for bicycles, so I decided to follow it.
It took me through some amazing landscapes full of farms with stacks of compressed crass, cows and sheeps. Then some really nice little villages and the beautiful coast.
Without really expecting it, I saw a municipal camp site in front of me. I stopped and started thinking whether to call it a day and stay there or continue cycing. But with such a view right in front of the water and an amazing sunset at the time the decision was easy to make.
I had a quick half shower, as I realised it needs money to operate and then started looking for something to eat, ideally big and cheap as I was very hungry. There seemed to be only one restaurant near by. I didnt expect it, but it was a rather posh place and felt a little strange on flipflops and a tShirt. In the end I had a 3 course meal and a wine at the cost of 23â‚¬, while watching the sun setting and the tyde rissing the waters. Not bad at all for a treat after a 80km ride!