shocked and in some pain from a suspected broken collar bone, and the bike wasn’t rideable. Nicky Clouter organised an ambulance with help from a local motorist, and as Nicky speaks French she accompanied Vicky to the hospital, along with husband Roy who was to be in charge of navigating back (of which more later).
Our group pressed on, and we got as far as Vernon, only 9 miles from our destination, before our next incident. This time the victim was Tim, who’d been clipped on the shoulder by an HGV while negotiating a junction in the town. He was luckier than Vicky, in that both he and his bike landed in bushes at the side of the road, so although Tim was shaken up he was able to continue after a few minutes. A final quarter of an hour saw us arrive at the Hotel Altina in Pacy sur Eure, where beer, food and a comfortable bed awaited. Some tourists watching the water lilies
Day 2 – Giverny and Jumièges The main concern at the start of day 2 was how Vicky had fared at the hospital. She had been discharged the same day and would be staying with us at the hotel, but she would be spending a while with her arm in a sling. It was also noted The SAM Observer June 2011
The June 2011 edition of "The SAM Observer"