Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Stage 8; Mont Saint Michel to Mayenne

Had a great ride today and it wasn't too long. We're now at a hotel with good wi-fi, so the internet isn't dribbling at a character by character rate. Even under the best conditions, it can take 1 to 2 hours up upload the photos. Under bad conditions, I have to delay the uploads to another day.

For the past couple of days the terrain has been fairly flat, but today we had some nice hills, accumulating about 4000 feet of climbing for the day. For the past couple of days, we've been riding in the footpath of Patton's 3rd Army. Seems that each town we go through say's something about how Patton's 3rd army passed through the town on it's way to Berlin in 1944.

We visited two cemeteries today. One German and One American. It's a very sobering experience to tour the cemeteries and read the names of the solders that died in the service of their countries.

Tonight we're in the town of Mayenne. The last couple of kilometers have been through city streets. With the beautiful quite country roads that we've been on for the past week, it's unnerving to get bike in the busy streets, but we got here pretty early and had a happy hour before checking in and having a shower

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