My regular reader(s) will know about the charity bike ride I’ve been organising. Others can read about it here.
At various times over the past few months I’ve been poring over maps (old fashioned offline ones, too) trying to finalise the best route for our little peloton to take on its way from London (well, Hampton Court) to St. Emilion. Some aspects of the trip are set in stone. For example, we’re on a ferry from Portsmouth to St. Malo and will also be stopping at my house for one night. Beyond that, it’s pretty flexible. Not too flexible, though, as my general route planning methodology has been based upon the flightpath of the crow.
As luck would have it (or not) the third stage of this year’s Tour de France starts in St. Malo and heads to Nantes. We’re not planning on going quite as far as Nantes in the one day, but can at least cover the first 85km of the stage as we make our merry way south.
Anyway, if you’re interested, here are the routes mapped out on the wonderful Sanoodi:
Day 1: Hampton Court to Portsmouth
Day 2: St. Malo to Redon
Day 3: Redon to La Roche-sur-Yon
Day 5: Les Chapelles to St.Emilion
Wish us luck. We should arrive in St. Emilion on May 6th. There’s still plenty of time to sponsor me, and you can do so here.