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TDF Day 3 & the beach

Left our nice little B&B early this morning to get as much looking around done as possible. Immediately found somewhere to have coffee in Nozay. Dave was horrified to discover that there is a strike of the drivers in Paris and no paper deliveries so he couldn't get his daily copy of L'Equipe Sport.

From there we headed towards the Altantic ocean, stopping first at St Nazaire to cross over their very impressive bridge, which was part of the tour route, and then we crossed back again! Then into town to discover that being a Monday almost every shop was shut! Luckily the telecom shop was open so we finally managed to get a sim card for the phone so have a local number.
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Then it was off to La Baule which surprised us with its huge sandy beach – very impressive. But also impressive was the wall of appartment buildings lining the beach. It was a scorcher of a day and we went and paddled in the sea – Freezing! So any passing thoughts of having a dip went away, later on in the day we would have thought otherwise though.
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After lunch at the seaside we set off to find a good spot to watch the tour from. Bit of a bugger up today...somehow managed to get onto the tour road even though it was closed and finally got stopped by a Gendarme about 2km short of where we wanted to be. He made us pull over so we ended up not being where we wanted to be but that's the breaks. We set up our chairs and flag and then settled in for the long wait. Dave had a stroll up the road but I was too hot to be bothered doing anything too much.

So several hours and the caravan of goodies later the race screamed past us at about 70km per hour. All over in just a few moments!

Unfortunately, we then made another bugger up and turned right when we should have turned left. This put us on the wrong side of the race road and to get to our next destination we ended up taking a giant deviation which added nearly an hour to our travels.

Finally arrived at our accommodation at around 9pm. We are staying in Duarnanez in Brittany. It's a small fishing port, apparently famous in its day for sardines. We had a bit of a wander down to the port in search of dinner but nothing to be had as it was a bit late for a Monday night. Luckily we have our snacks from the Caravan!

Posted by Kanumera 12:23

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