Back on shank’s pony. We’d planned to leave our trusty steeds at a ‘recycling’ store we found online, but we passed it by without realizing. Rather than back tracking, we parked our bikes at the roadside – I’m sure they will soon find new owners!
It was a great day for a walk through the peaceful French countryside: cloudy and an ideal 17c.
But it has not always been peaceful, as reminded by the Commonwealth Cemeteries (well sign posted) and the occasional German cemetery (not sign posted at all, and easy to miss). And even 100 years since the war, farmers still ploughing up battle remnants:
We arrived early afternoon in the town of Bapaume, jut in time for the parade – and everyone loves a parade! We have no idea what the occasion was, but the locals were having fun.
In 2009, we embarked on a one-year family sailing adventure aboard a Grand Soleil 39, "SV Mulan". Our original sailing blog is linked on this site.
In 2017, Susan, Andrew, Sam & Max walked the Camino Frances from St-Jean-Pied-de-Porte to Santiago de Compostella (and rode bikes from Burgos to Leon as a blister recovery strategy), and in 2018 Jack also joined the crew as we waled the northern section of the Camino Portuguese from Porto to S de C.
In 2019 Andrew, accompanied by Max for the first few hundred kms, and Susan for the Tiscan section, walked the via francigena from Canterbury to Rome. That journey is blogged in this site.
This blog is planned as an alternative to the endless instagram posts used previously to communicate with those interested in our travels - although there is a linked instagram account as well!
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Our son-in-law, Joe Brunt, collects those rusted out shells. How cool!
He might not want to collect some these as they are often unexploded!