Awake to a comfy bed. The Brompton got a good night’s rest too.
Breakfast at the hotel, then a quick ride around Nantes. Nice town! It looks like cyclists are well catered for too with segregated lanes in the city centre.
I found a few Eurovelo signs and did my best to follow them out of town.
I had to catch this ferry over the river at one point. It was free, which was nice.
I found a supermarket to buy some lunch from.
And here was my lunch spot:
The route went past a lot of canal (which is popular with people fishing), before taking in some countryside.
I eventually reached the Atlantic, completing my East to West crossing of France.
With that out of the way I decided to head North and follow the coast round for a bit, but first I crossed this bridge on my bike:
It’s a busy bridge with lots of heavy traffic heading over, and the cycle lane is just 1.25 m wide and separated from the traffic just with a painted line. I took it easy, concentrated on the little patch of ground ahead of me and made it over in one piece. Not for the faint-hearted.
Saint-Nazaire isn’t that nice to cycle through as it has a lot of heavy traffic from the docks. Things got nicer as I went round the coast. I even found this short section of road where they drive on the correct side 😉
I had a couple of camp sites on my route, but they’d both closed for the season, so I found a hotel room, had dinner in the hotel and got some reading done.
Nantes to Pornichet, 96 km. Total so far = 3,537 km.