To St-Vaast-la-Hogue (elevenses), Barfleur (lunch) and the Phare-de-Gatteville
The eagle-eyed and sharp-witted will see that elevenses and lunch were swopped around from Sunday’s ride. But we took quite a different route (and, of course, different eateries) for this ride around the north-east coast of the Cotentin peninsula.
We gîtists pedalled over to the château to meet up with the big group – and, before one or two members left early, a group photo at the front of the chateau.The sun was bright, the lanes were lovely and traffic-free. A stop in St-Vaast for coffee and bakeries and then two stops in Barfleur, the first for a light beer and cider aperitif; the second for moules crême with more cider.Then we went to the lighthouse at Gatteville – the second highest lighthouse in Europe. Unlike the white Stevenson lighthouses for the Northern Lights, French lighthouses turn out to be grey. It’s a popular outing for the locals and they, and all the drivers on the little lane to the lighthouse, were astonishingly polite.We then went up a corker of hill (the coastline is difficult and bumpy at this point), decided we needn’t do any shopping in Cherbourg and looked for a quiet way back to Brix. Tiny lanes, huge bulldozers and a little girl on a pink tricycle – who overtook us shortly after we had overtaken her!
My room-mate Charlie was on cooking duty this evening and made a lovely spicy Moroccan vegetarian dish based on chick-peas. More beer, cider and wine were drunk. A wonderful day!
Route here. Mileage for the day = 55. Cumulative mileage = 284.