I am embarrassed to say, but we have found a reasonable Wi-Fi connection at the McDonald’s in Isigny sur Mer. So, we will forfeit the photos (I have taken several hundred) and just give a quick time line from Friday:
Friday: Drove out of Paris to Mauquency, near Forges les Eaux to our gite with Jean Francois and Sabine; enjoyed a wonderful home-cooked meal (table d’hôte) including apples, walnuts and berries from their garden.
Saturday: Rode 34 miles with 18 teams from Tandem Club of France. Pleasant people, all of whom are camping, either in tents or “camping cars” (small trailers) except us. The area has more hills than we expected, and they take them slow. Stopped at a dairy farm and learned all about Neufchatel cheese (we don’t get the unpasteurized variety in the U.S.)
Sunday: Another ride with Tandem Club of France (48 miles) including a stop at a V1 site that the Germans were establishing to launch missiles toward London. Dinner with the other “foreign” couple in the group, from Vancouver, Canada.
Monday: Drove to Vaucelles, near Bayeux, in Normandy, stopping in Rouen for sight-seeing. Staying at another gite, in the annex of a mill house on the Drome River. Happened upon a criterium in Bayeux, the 70th year. A Dutch team was a big part of the competition.
Tuesday: American Military Cemetery. Took out the tandem and rode from the cemetery to Pointe du Hoc, past Omaha Beach, and to the German cemetery (31 miles) – beautiful bucolic countryside with corn and cows.
Wednesday: Drove to Utah Beach site, museum, then on to Sainte Mere Eglise where paratroopers landed, Airborne Museum. Lunch at McDonalds!??
Weather has been sunny and pleasantly cool, probably the 70s, with overnight temperatures in the 50s. Rain may arrive tomorrow but we plan to spend indoors at Memorial Museum in Caen, and Bayeux Tapestry Museum.
By the way, no surprise, great food, except maybe the McDonald’s.