some local rides, or just taking it easy for the day. I’d made some tentative enquiries about whether anyone fancied a trip into Paris, either by bike or train, but the train times on a Sunday turned out not to be very convenient and people were generally wary of taking bikes into the centre of Paris. In the event I decided to give it a go, and my room-mate Tim helped me check the route and lent me his map, and an hour or so later I was there. The journey was nothing My trusty iron horse in Paris like as bad as I had feared, as I had been lucky enough to make the trip on a Sunday so the city traffic was manageable. The weather was great once again, and I had lunch by the Seine before heading back to Pacy. I’d passed through Pacy several times but never stopped, so I took the opportunity to have a stroll around and sample a “tartelette aux fraises”. On the way back to the hotel there were posters advertising a monster truck show in nearby Breuilpont, so Tim led the way there and we watched some clever driving and some cars being smashed up in the sunshine before heading back to the hotel for dinner, where we were entertained by several speeches, and some fine piano playing from Neil.
Day 5 – the return journey This took a more cross-country route than the trip down, but the weather in France was terrific and the roads once again were clear. Things were not so rosy back in Blighty, however. The winds were some of the strongest I have ridden a bike in, and the ride home was tiring. I started to run out of petrol at The SAM Observer June 2011
The June 2011 edition of "The SAM Observer"