Jour Sept: New friends - France on a roll -- depending on charm - CycleBlaze

June 17, 2011

Jour Sept: New friends

Today was the coolest yet!

It didn't really start that way. I woke up feeling better, which was good, but looked out the window to a steady rain. Still, after sitting around all day yesterday I wasn't going to sit around again, so off I went, rain jacket and all, with all of my stuff covered in plastic...

...it's not terrible, riding in the rain, but fewer people are out and about and its harder to take pictures. Still, I made the best of it and rode west, pedaling through picturesque towns and villages.

In Doueville it started to get colder though. It's right on the coast and wind picked up and my hands started to get cold and the next thing you know I was standing next to a café, one that had those portable outdoor heaters, warming my hands and it was so inviting I sat down and ordered a café cream, or, as they say in America, a latte.

Nearby a couple sat next to me eating lunch with the cutest and friendliest dog. Of course when she came over to me I had to pet her and say, "mon amie" and then in English, "my friend."

"Yes, I can see that," the woman replied in English. It wasn't too much longer that I was sitting at their table, talking about this and that, drinking the local specialty, hard cider (Whew!), and learning that Gabriella has a friend in San Francisco. "Do you need a place to stay tonight?" she said. "You can stay at my place."

Of course, how could I refuse. So we made arrangements to meet at 6:00 near her house and the rest is history. She made me dinner and her dog, Lolli (pronounced Low-lee), is sacked out on my bed.

How cool, huh! I told you before, the French are cool! :-)

Before we met up I rode around Doueville and took some pictures. For about an hour the sun actually peaked through. I also stopped at a war cemetery. This one was smaller than some I expect to see, with the graves of soldiers from all sides, mostly from world war I. It's amazing how well kept it was, the German AND the allied graves.

Soon after that it got windy and rainy again so it's nice to have a place to stay.

BTW, Gabrielle is a world class photographer. She showed me some of her work. Tres bon!

Thanks, again Gabriella, and Lolli!

BTW, I'm feeling almost 100%, after my cold. Tomorrow I'm hoping the weather clears. But either way I'm planning on moving west to more D-day stuff.

A little town I rode through. It would have been nicer if it wasn't raining, but it was still nice.
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The restaurant where I met Gabriella and Lolli
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The COFFEE I was drinking when I met them...
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...and the hard cider I was drinking... Did I tell you one of the things on my list to do was to try the hard apple cider in Normandy. CHEEEEEECH it had a kick! Like white lightning in a Granny Smith! I actually kind of liked it, but only drank half because I was afraid I would be wobbly on my bike.
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Douville. BTW, this was the location of the G-8 summit a couple of weeks ago. Gabriella said it was nuts around here with security.
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Douville
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Now HERE'S a happy guy!
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Doueville again
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It started to clear for a little while
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...and people were walking on the beach
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Beach near douville
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On the way to Gabriella's house
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Typical church in the area
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The military cemetery I visited. Pretty sad but something people should see.
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They had a guestbook and registry right there in a little box
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In the box at the cemetery
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...with all the names.
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This is tiny compared to some and the are all over the country
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Today's ride: 45 km (28 miles)
Total: 165 km (102 miles)

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