Monday, June 12, 2006


The weather has been really warm for cycling of late!
After Chinon I took the next day to go to the Abbey of Fontevraud on the cycle track from Montsoreau. It must have been a magnificent complex in its day. The cloister was a lovely place to walk around. It was interesting to see the effigies of English royalty in the church, though it raised for me old questions about Christianity and the established power. Lots of cyclists on the trail.
I returned to Montsoreau for a relaxed lunch, then returned the 10km to Savigny along the quiet, tree-ed cycle route, then relaxed in the shade. I discovered that the local Church provided the coolest place to rest a while!
Yesterday I headed further along the Loire, through Saumur, to St-Mathurin-sur-Loire. I am on the right bank now. It was hot humid riding and I was offered a cup of iced water on my arrival at the camping ground. The restaurant where I ate lunch also offered to fill my water bottle so I guess I looked hot and bothered! This is a lovely section of the Loire though, with lots of sandbanks and lots of birdlife. Lots of cyclists as well.
Today I am in an internet cafe in Angers, having taken one of the few daily trains into the city. I was hoping to see the Apocalypse Tapestry but being Monday, I have realised it might be closed!

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