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September 27, 2019

Rolling to an end

Finishing the Flow Vélo: La Chapelle-Montmoreau to Périgueux

We wake to our final day . . . and it begins promisingly.

Breakfast at Château de Lannet this morning is appropriately  grandiose, and a nice touch is being given the pastries we didn't eat, to have for lunch. This is a really fine chambre d'hôte, beautifully and eclecticly furnished  by its owners, escapees from Paris. We walked its extensive grounds yesterday afternoon. Here's a couple of pics:

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Stage one of today's mission is to reach the start of a voie verte. From our Château (haha, love saying that!) it is a straightforward ride on quiet roads up to Saint-Pardoux-La-Rivière. The greenway is, like most we've ridden, an old railway line. This one starts at a high elevation and continues to tower over the countryside along its full 18km length to Thiviers.

If yesterday's smoothly tarsealed voie verte is the Rolls Royce of greenway riding, then today's is more of a Rav 4, offering a comfortable ride on its hard-packed surface. When we pop out at the end of stage two and ride into the busy little town of Thiviers, just in time for coffee, it's easy to overlook the fact that we have just completed the Flow Vélo in its entirety. 

There was plenty of information about the history of the old railway line on the greenway.
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If anyone is interested in this ride, we found the Freewheeling France website (link here) very helpful, especially the route notes found beneath the map. Having said this, we also used good old Google Maps  when deciding to freelance, and weren't let down too often.

From Thiviers, we are on our own for the final stage to Perigueux. Vélo signage is fleeting so Tour Leader maps out a route pretty much on the fly. We are following the Isle river right into Perigueux, mostly on quiet C roads, though  there are times when we have to choose between hill climbs and heavy traffic.

Final lunch stop. The derelict building opposite is home to all sorts of 'treasures', including a horse-drawn carriage - quite the man cave!
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Dawn HunterBet Brice enjoyed that! You - not so much?
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With about 40 minutes to go, that omniscient stage director in my head makes a comeback, deciding to throw heavy traffic AND heavy rain at us for the final stretch. Undeterred, with hi-vis jackets on and rear lights, helmet light all flashing bravely, we make a dash along the N21 to the safety of our final off-road track, the lovely Perigueux greenway which delivers us, soaked but safely, to our hotel.

Journey's end.

You'd better get on that indoor bike of yours, Bruce Hunter, and knock off another 10km - because we've just notched up another mileage milestone!

There are still biking adventures ahead for us on this trip - notably Dordogne byways with Jill and Brian, as well as a boat-bike island-hopping cruise in Croatia. But our first major cycle tour is over. Thanks go to the supportive CycleBlaze community, and to anyone else who has read and enjoyed my journal.

Cheers. 

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Jill BrinsleyHigh Five you two!! Fantastic achievement.
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Today's ride: 79 km (49 miles)
Total: 2,023 km (1,256 miles)

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Dawn HunterHe has done his 10kms for you Robyn! 🚵
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Robyn RichardsTo Dawn HunterWoohoo!
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Mary MurfittLoved reading about your cycling travels. You certainly covered a lot of distance each day and saw amazing scenery. Well done.
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Robyn RichardsTo Mary MurfittThanks, Mary. Glad you enjoyed it.
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