Unfortunately the shop was only really geared up for town and commuting bikes so had no tyres suitable for touring. So, just outside of the town I stopped by the side of the road, on an ample grass verge between the road and the sea I hasten to add, and swapped both tyres around. I also took the time to clean both wheels and spokes as I did so, so by the time I eventually got away from Cherbourg it was almost 14:00. But, as you can see from today's photos, the weather was amazing so I knew that I would have a nice long day to make the distance in the afternoon and evening.
Essentially today I cycled the north west corner of the Cotentin Peninsula. As I was really just pressing on towers camp today and enjoying cycling in the blazing sunshine, I didn't really stop in many places this afternoon. I saw a few paragliders somewhere along the route, but with the SLR tucked away inside the BOB bag, I only had the iPhone to hand so from a distance they are nothing special really. I decided that from today though I would carry the SLR and zoom lens up front in the handlebar bag should chances for shots like that occur again.
There were some very tough climbs this afternoon so I stopped for lunch at the top of a particularly long one up at Laye and with views as you can see below, the pain was soon forgotten.
After arriving late at camp, I took the SLR to the beach and tried a few more sunset shots, this time with the zoom lens. I love the last two pics from today.
|A memorial at the very tip of the Contentin Peninsula at Goury/Auderville.|
|The view from Laye where I stopped for lunch.|
|And from a little farther around.|