France to Belgium and you would not have known of the border. Belgium to Netherlands and obvious contrast.
No police patrols, no passports, no barbed wire, no vicious dogs, no queues, not even any signs “Welcome to …”.
Through the more industrial and built-up areas still heading north (and through flatter countryside al last).
Lacking energy in legs plus far hillier than expected made today’s ride rather hard work. Destination Aubigny-au-Bac.
Back to Saint Quentin, which I never actually went to before (several miles short and then to the west).
A real surprise. Never heard of the city before but a quite amazing place. Dramatic cathedral and far more.
I seem to now have mountain ranges (and very hilly regions) on three sides, but don’t want to go back the way I came.
Further to east, through more WW I sites. Once up onto plateau, fairly flat and clouds kept it cool.
Hill after hill after hill made today a more tiring ride than expected. But GPS is navigating me again.
GPS decided not to cooperate so reverting to alternative navigation methods, with plenty of wrong turns. But made it OK.
Still skirting round north side of Paris. I’ve added biting insects to my list of things to avoid (along with hills).
Showers, rain & thunderstorms forecast by everybody so decided to visit nearby town called Dreux.