Stage 3 – 214.5km Abbeville – Rouen (2012, Stage 4)
I like the blog title as it is quite apt, but I can’t claim anything original as I did get the title from a Supergrass album which was recorded in Rouen, the opening track to the album is also well named – ‘Tales of Endurance 4,5 and 6′ – that’s what I’ll need over the next 3 stages! Anyway if you get a chance to listen to the album it’s well worth it- I’ve made Andy play it in the van today.
As I mentioned yesterday, the majority of todays ride took me in a south westerly direction starting at Abbeville, passing Dieppe before heading in land in an easterly direction at Fecamp for the last 70km’s into Rouen. I’m glad to say the weather has been kind with only a light wind. The terrain in the first half was mostly flat, except for 4-5 short but steep climbs which each followed a descent to a seaside town – Treport, Dieppe, Fecamp etc. Here’s a great picture taken by Andy of the view west of Dieppe.
I survived the day without incident, although I somehow saved my ride on my bike computer half way through, so you’ve got 2 maps to view tonight. Here’s todays maps…
- Total Elapsed Time: 7:58
- Distance: 216.74 km
- Average Moving Speed: 27.7 kmph
- Elevation: 1,836 metres
I rolled into Rouen at 17:10 and got a chance to take a look around the city centre, crossed the Seine a couple of times and took a look at the Rouen Cathedral which is very ornate and gothic in appearance.
I found out before the ride that Rouen is twinned with Norwich, now riding on a bike all day can be quite boring and I do like to think of things which amuse me, I often just laugh out loud at some stuff that comes into my head, I can’t repeat it all as my sense of humour is very dark – sort of pushing the boundaries on channel 4 level. But today due to the Norwich reference, I’ve been unable to get Alan Partridge out of my head, I’ve been unable to find an Alain Perdrix, nor I have seen any Frenchman chomping on onions and going hoh-ee-hoh-hee-hoh (by the way quoting Partridge: ‘That’s not racist. French people chomp onions and go “hoh-ee-hoh-hee-hoh”, that’s a fact. ‘). Anyhow at tonight’s meal I might have to introduce an ‘eat my cheese you mother’ during the cheese course!
Knowing me Justin Hoffmann, knowing you my readers – Aha