Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Cycle Touring Day 39

Today was one of those special days which I hope will eventually become the norm on this trip.

As I was dismantling my tent at around 10:00 I got chatting with the chap in the tent opposite, whom I had assumed until then was English as he had a UK registered motorbike and sidecar beside his tent. Turn out he is Czech and lives not far from where I used to in Dublin! We chatted about the sights in Bayeux and he asked if I had seen a couple in particular that he had visited, I hadn't. He then offered to show me them and I could travel in the sidecar. It's moments like these that I'm now not going to turn down for the sake of continuing along my chosen route. It's moments like these that will hopefully shape my journey too.

We set off first for the Ryes War Cemetery at Bazenville. It seems very much like a smaller version of the Bayeux Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery and must surely have been designed by the same architect, but what's different about this one is that German soldiers are buried here too. Their headstones are very plain though - just their name and dates of birth and death. There is no inscription supplied by their families and no engravings of their regiments.

After the cemetery we headed into Arromanches for breakfast and then onto the German Artillery Battery at Longues-sur-Mer. To see the guns left as they were when they were finally destroyed is quite haunting and to be inside them feels very claustrophobic and it's not difficult to imagine the noises of battle going on around you.

Following an afternoon of catching up with emails and the blog back at camp, we then met up again by Cath├ędrale Notre-Dame de Bayeux for a couple of beers and then spent the rest of the evening chatting and bar hopping and meeting various folks along the way. We even bumped into an American couple I had met a few days earlier in Honfleur! We ended the evening in a bar chatting with the owners and one of the regulars and chatting in English, French and Czech we eventually all understood one another. What a great end to a fantastic day.


  1. Who was Wallace and who was Gromit? Sounds like you had a fun evening and a welcome change no doubt from being on your own.

  2. Excellent. That's what this trip is all about I guess.

  3. Bonjour Guy,
    I hope all is going well for you and that the weather is better.
    Bon voyage, Pavel

    1. The past two days have been amazing, not a cloud in the sky as I did the Cotentin peninsula. How was your journey back?

  4. Journey was fine, I was home in 3 days. I'm going to Rotterdam on Thursday.

  5. Wowee, what a truly amazing experience and oh to have the freedom to just go with the flow, what an amazing adventure you're having so early on,long may it continue xx