Brittany, Breizh, Bretagne, An Bhriotáin, whatever! Roscoff, Quimper, Brest, Roscoff

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My Texan brother-in-law would say.. Y'all's Yawl is lookin real good!

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The route to it was fairly built up and rather hilly but lovely. The far side route to Camaret was undeveloped and again hilly. Camaret-sur-Mer is a lovely little port with a big pier containing a Church and a peculiar red stone building with a moat. This pier protects the harbour from the sea.

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We stayed in one of the hotel furthest from the entrance to the town. It was cheap and deserved to be. We ate in a Pizzeria. It was really good. I had a pasta dish , etc. Good cycling food. Our day was about 80 miles and 3300 Ft climbing. A long day for two old men.

Day two started damp and stayed so, becoming wet at times. We headed out first to Pointe de Penhir so show Mick the view of the three big rocks in the sea.

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Fat cyclist at the point and it's not Mick!

There is a monument to the Battle of the Atlantic there. Then back to town getting a small bit lost as a couple of the routes I'd mapped were unsurfaced but after a delay of maybe 15 mins we were headed again for Crozon. We then hugged the coast as much as possible on this route, some of which was pretty remote.

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10 comments on “Brittany, Breizh, Bretagne, An Bhriotáin, whatever! Roscoff, Quimper, Brest, Roscoff”

  1. Hilary wrote:

    Wonderful pics as always Garry.
    I've got unfinished business with that part of Brittany – that was the trip that was abandoned when Dennis' moped packed up. Moral – don't go cycle touring with someone on a moped!

    Jetboil (my latest stove, I have about 10) was really good.

    LOL Its my latest of about 10 too! Glad to hear it performed well, I've hardly used mine, I must dig it out altho a shiny blue bike with matching shiny blue stove could be a bit much even for me! 🙂

  2. Garry wrote:

    Mine is royal blue as well. My friend Mike Harris, who is set in his ways thinks that a bike should be red or black, not blue. Several of us have at least one blue bike and we poke endless fun at him over it. The blue stove would be the stove de grace!

  3. Mary wrote:

    What a fabulous tour Garry. I would LOVE to tour Brittany/France, every account of it, I have read/heard about has been positive.

    As usual your pictures taken along your ride are calendar quality! Love the green three wheeler car or is it a trike? I can fully empathise with your poor sleeping, I can never sleep when I am away from home either, the slightest sound wakens me.

  4. Garry Lee wrote:

    It's a three wheeler car. Brittany is not all beautful but in a way that's an advantage as you don't get scenery fatigue as you do in places that are all beautiful. The coast east of Roscoff as far as Paimpol is sensational. It has this marvellous pink granite. The first time you see it it'll amaze you, but I've seen it about 7 times. If you do a bit of research there are some lovely little towns inland, like Moncontour which we visited on our first ever Breton tour. St.Malo is fabulous, as are Dinan and Dinard, but I've not visited the latter two. Another fab place is the Phare du Paon on the Ile de Brehat. A Frenchman told me about it. I've seen it three times. Another lovely tour to do is a tour of the Parish Closes, of which Guimiliau and Lampaul-Guimiliau are the most famous, but there are loads of them. These are churches with churchyards and ossuaries.

  5. Kern wrote:

    Two great bottles of Alsatian Resiling, two good bottles of Cotes du Rhones, Mary's fruitcake and who knows what other treats in between – it has all the makings of a great tour. The weather at the start looks decidely Irish, i.e. "soft" :).

    How are the hills in Brittany? We're fishing around for a tour location for next year. I should get a map.

  6. Garry Lee wrote:

    It's very hilly but the hills aren't that steep. Very much rolling. Was in my lowest gear just once on a switchback. But you can see that the hills mounted up most days. It's not as pretty as Ireland or Scotland generally but has some fab places. There are also some dull boring bits.

  7. Mary wrote:

    "There are also some dull boring bits."

    All made the better for all that fab French food and wine though....

    I always thought Brittany was a bit like Norfolk and Suffolk in the UK as a hillyness comparison, it is a bit hillier then?

  8. Garry Lee wrote:

    Yes, it's pretty hilly. Not as hilly as the Peak District or the Yorkshire Dales but distinctly lacking in flat. You would need a triple there.

  9. Chris wrote:

    Lovely pictures as always, Garry. How incongruous is that Pirates of the Caribbean pin ball machine?

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