We leave St. Lo for Granville for a few "off the bike days". Nice small seaside town with a cool harbour area and lots of fishing boats. The ride here is nothing to scream about, mostly straight and flat. We will have to wait until the south of France before things get interesting in that dept.
We have a nice hotel with 3 beds!! We should rent out the other 2!! Granville is not a large town so we spend the time reading, walking, eating and sight seeing. Life is tough. One feature of Granville is the formation of WW2 German gun emplacements. They are all over the headland above the town. One of the bunkers appears to have been blow up after the war in an effort to remove them. Bad call. Giant chunks of concrete rolling all over the place, so instead of one giant bunker you have about 10 really large pieces that you still have to deal with.
The rest of the bunkers are still there.
We take one road trip to Mont St. Michel. Very interesting spot. Hiked up the Mont part of the place and looked out over the flat land that is the norm in this area. Very cool. After a picnic lunch we wandered around the place as the tide was out. On our return to the front area there were hordes of tourists, school groups etc filling the parking lot. Jumped on the bike to roam around the countryside and headed for home.
Spent the weekend in Granville (sept 20) and road back to St Lo on the Monday. We have to get the bike in for an oil change and service. We drop the bike off on Tuesday morning at Evasion BMW and hope that the pointing and sign language has been enough to get the message across.
The bike is outside as I arrive at Evasion. I fear what the bill will say. After the reaming we got in Cork for an oil change this might be brutal. The lady says the amount in french which sounds like a lot. She then writes it down 194 Euro. Whew!!
We paid 130 in Cork for an oil change, this was for a 20000 km inspection!!
Can't say enough good stuff about the folks at Evasion. They are a busy shop that has BMW, Suzuki and something called MBK which seems to be the cheap alternative bike.
The roads in the area that we saw are nothing to write home about for bikes. I did really like the area. St Lo is a good spot to base yourself for a visit . The town suffered incredibly during June 6th and 7th 1944 from the bombing. When it was liberated it was in ruins. The church (oddly called Notre Dame) has all kinds of bullet and shrapnel holes in it. This includes an unexploded shell stuck in one of the side walls that is still there!! The town rebuilt and today is great.
In the morning we will leave here and head to Arras and visit Vimy Ridge.
See Ya!!!Posted by Patrick Harkness at September 30, 2003 03:23 PM GMT
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