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23 July 2017 / leggypeggy

Our own Tour de France, and an Aussie in line to win the green jersey

Bikes in Brittany

Bikes loaded and ready to go

Nantes to Brest Canal, France

A scenic spot on our first day of cycling

The annual Tour de France ends today (Sunday, 23 July) and it’s almost certain that Australian, Michael Matthews, will win the green jersey (awarded to the top sprinter).

We have a vested interest in this competitor. The 26-year-old Matthews is from Canberra and his dad is one of our local butchers.

Michael Matthews

Michael Matthews (photo from Getty)

While Matthews has ridden with skill, determination and tactical smarts, he has had some ‘good luck’ along the way. Slovakian Peter Sagan was the pre-race favourite for the green jersey but, a few weeks back, he was disqualified after causing a crash. That crash led to legendary sprinter, Mark Cavendish, withdrawing from the event due to injury.

Next favourite, Marcel Kittel, crashed on Wednesday, leaving Matthews the new man in front. If he wins today, he’ll be the third Australian ever to capture the green jersey. That said, Matthews was already creeping up on those in front of him. He’s an amazing sprinter and not too bad on hills. So he might have won the jersey without the mishaps.

It’s amazing that Matthews is riding at all. Ten years ago he was, by his own admission, ‘heading in the wrong direction, hanging out with the wrong people’. But his high school physical education teacher suggested he attend a talent identification program at the local Academy of Sport. The fact that he was seen as a young man who could ride a bike fast changed his life.

Lock-keeper's house, France

One of the prettiest lockkeeper’s cottages we saw and their garden below

Of course, all this cycling reminds me of our recent time on bikes in Brittany, France. Many of the Tour de France days covered more than 200 kilometres. Our whole week-long bike ride covered just over 200 kilometres.

So do I feel shamed. Nope. You have to remember that I was riding with a badly damaged shoulder, having been knocked over in Brussels a few days earlier.

We organised our bikes through Breton Bikes (highly recommended) and originally planned a much longer trip that would have taken us over plenty of hills and twice the number of kilometres.

But my injuries required a whole new approach.

Nantes to Brest Canal

A large lockkeeper’s cottage where an annual canoe kayak competition takes place

As a result, most of our ride, but not all, was along canal paths (towpaths). That said, I had to laugh about the route instructions that referred to one ‘long, gentle slope’ on the first day. Ha! There were bloody ‘mountains’ every day, and because of my unstable shoulder, I often had to walk my laden bike up those inclines.

But the towpaths were a delight. These were along the Nantes to Brest Canal, which was built in the early to mid-1800s. It was important for trade until the 1970s, but is now used only for leisure boating. The canal runs for 44 miles and has more than 100 locks (12 have been submerged after the construction of the Guerlédan Dam).

We didn’t cover the whole length of the canal, but I reckon we pedalled past at least 40 of the locks and lockkeeper’s cottages. Some of those cottages are no longer in use, with one lockkeeper looking after several locks (and often riding their bike in between). Others are beautifully decorated, with lovely gardens and friendly lockkeepers. 

Camping in Brittany

All set up at the campground in Josselin

And did I mention that we camped every night during the ride?

Breton Bikes supplied a tent, roll mats and sleeping bags. We declined their offer of a camp stove, cutlery, dishes and cookware. We had our travel coffee cups and spoons, ground coffee and an immersion heater to use for breakfast (baguettes and marmalade), and we ate out for the rest of our meals—usually a plat du jour for lunch and a light meal at night.

In spite of my injuries, it was a fabulous week with excellent bikes, beautiful scenery, superb food, welcoming campgrounds and wonderful weather.

So today I’m sharing some of the sights—my wonky shoulder kept me from taking too many scenery pics. That said, I’ll be back with pics of some of the towns we visited. Oh, and see those two food shots above? The burger was the biggest and nicest burger I’ve ever had. And the eggy pic is of a galette. Brittany is famous for this buckwheat pancake-y dish that can be sweet or savoury. We enjoyed quite a few galettes (occasionally two in one day).

Nantes to Brest canal

Picnickers enjoyed the canal and great weather

Brittany countryside

French countryside

Update on my shoulder
I got fairly banged up when that kid mowed me down in Brussels. I’m not exactly sure where he hit me (came out of nowhere) or how I landed, but my right shoulder, right hand (especially the thumb) and left knee suffered the most.

Since returning to Australia, I have seen the doctor and physiotherapist, and had an MRI plus arthrogram. The news is discouraging.

There are full thickness tears of two tendons, including the subscapularis muscle. It’s the largest and strongest cuff muscle and provides the majority of cuff strength. It’s at the front of the shoulder. It is the spot that hurts most and is probably where I was hit.

Now I’m playing the waiting game to see a specialist. Surgery seems likely, and recovery will be slow. Ugh! But for those of us (myself included) who thought I was crazy to do the bike ride, I can report that the doctor said it was probably good for me! Who knew?

And my brother-in-law sent me hilarious words of encouragement as I pedalled along. ‘Glad you are still game. You are in France: I watch the Tour and am used to riders crashing, having amputations or legs in slings and riding on. I’m proud of you!’ Thanks David.

Brittany on bikes

Poor John is dwarfed by trees along the trail

Nantes to Brest Canal, Brittany

A small marina on the canal

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  1. mistermuse / Jul 23 2017 10:13 pm

    Best wishes for a full recovery from your injuries. And if you have shoulder surgery, I hope the surgeon isn’t a “butcher” (not that I have anything against butchers — especially Michael Matthews’ father)! 🙂

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 23 2017 10:37 pm

      Good point about having a surgeon versus a butcher! 🙂 I’ll be careful. 🙂

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  2. dinosaursdonkeysandms / Jul 23 2017 10:26 pm

    Beautiful photos. I love the cottage, it’s adorable! 🙂 I hope they are able to do something for your shoulder and that it gets better soon. xxx

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 23 2017 10:38 pm

      That cottage is so cute. I loved it. As for the shoulder, I’m hoping time does it’s magic.

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  3. Vicki / Jul 23 2017 10:26 pm

    The photos are marvellous, but I’m sorry to hear about your shoulder MRI results. Sometimes when injured, keeping some movement up – I don’t know about bike riding 🙂 – can keep the blood flowing and stop the injured soft tissues and joints from stiffening up.

    The lockkeeper’s cottages look absolutely charming.

    (and only a few weeks ago I discovered the lovely nutty flavour of buckwheat pancakes. Lunch today was buckwheat pancakes made with a big handful of finely chopped rosemary, parsley and almond milk, instead of dairy – yummy).

    At least back in Oz, you’ll know the best surgeon for that shoulder and hopefully, recovery will be speedy. If not, Poor John will have to rule the roost for a while.

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 23 2017 10:43 pm

      Hahaha—Poor John rule the roost? I don’t think so! But he might be in charge of gardening, vacuuming, dishes and laundry. I’m still dusting, driving, cooking and bossing everyone around.

      And yes, buckwheat pancakes are a winner. About 10 years ago, we had an exchange student from Brittany and he taught me to make galettes. Yummo!

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  4. Miriam / Jul 23 2017 10:46 pm

    Wonderful post Peggy, sounds like quite a week you had. What wonderful news about the Tour de France too, I had no idea. I’m so out of touch with what’s happening in the world. All the best with your shoulder.

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 23 2017 11:48 pm

      I know what it’s like to be out of touch, but I’m here for this one. Fingers crossed that our Canberra boy grabs the green jersey. The shoulder? We’ll hope for the best.

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  5. Carol / Jul 24 2017 12:12 am

    Dearest Peggy: many prayers and warmest wishes that if surgery is the specific treatment that it be a short and complete recovery. Sending love and hugs to you both!

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 24 2017 12:32 am

      Thanks Carol. I’m hoping to avoid surgery, Will call soon.

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  6. Andrew Petcher / Jul 24 2017 12:55 am

    I don’t think you would manage the Tour de France on that plateful of food!

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 24 2017 8:13 am

      I’m glad that was at lunch so I had the rest of the day and night to digest it.

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  7. Popping Wheelies / Jul 24 2017 1:37 am

    Great pictures. Thanks for the update on your shoulder. My injury is similar, and they are telling me exactly the same thing, though surgery on a paraplegic is perhaps worse than the consequences. Prayers for your quick recovery and wishing you more great adventures.

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 24 2017 8:15 am

      Thanks for the good wishes. Bummer about your injury. Hope we both manage to have a surgery-free and lasting recovery.

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  8. theunassuminghiker / Jul 24 2017 2:59 am

    Sorry about your shoulder, wishing you a speedy recovery. When you live life to the fullest, injuries are bound to get in the way from time to time. Very nice pictures!

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 24 2017 8:17 am

      Thanks. I’ve always said to Poor John (especially when we are gong down steep hills) that the likelihood of me falling is small, but the consequences could be huge. Little did I know I’d be knocked over on the flat. Argh!

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  9. Sy.S / Jul 24 2017 3:43 am

    Hello Peggy,

    Nice photos of your biking tour and the pretty lockkeeper’s cottage picture.. and also the countryside shots. Brave to keep on trekking on a bike even with a shoulder injury. Sorry to read that you need surgery on your shoulder, and hope it is a speedy recovery.. And shame on the guy who slammed into you in Brussels.

    Terrific that you have a world class cyclist from Canberra, Michael Mathews… whether he wins or not, a great accomplishment for him and Australia. I just finished viewing on the Internet the typed messages (by the seconds and 1-2 minutes… no images or video) of the final Tour de France stage…. I am sure the live coverage will be on America TV later in the day… they often show all the important stages and the Tour De France Final!

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 24 2017 10:31 am

      Our multi-language television channel has always provided wonderful coverage of theTour de France. Especially nice to see the scenery.

      As for my shoulder, I’m still hoping to avoid surgery. Have to wait and see.

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  10. Anthony / Jul 24 2017 3:47 am

    That looks like an awesome trip.

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  11. Sherry Thomas / Jul 24 2017 4:04 am

    So so sorry you are having these health challenges. I just sent you another email. Let’s talk soon!
    Love,
    S.

    Sent from my iPad

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  12. Catnip Blog / Jul 24 2017 5:31 am

    Peggy, you shouldered through that amazing bike ride (not to mention many things in life) and i pray that your surgery, if it is called for, goes well.

    Great pictures!

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  13. rhythminlife / Jul 24 2017 6:08 am

    I absolutely love that cottage ❤. Thank you for sharing 🙏

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  14. Rhonda / Jul 24 2017 7:17 am

    Sorry that your shoulder is so badly injured, Peggy! I suppose, that because you’d still managed the bike, and not really mentioned it since, I assumed that the injury was minor after all, and that it was better. I hope you find a really good surgeon, and that it gets sorted well…and soon!

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 24 2017 2:45 pm

      Thanks for the good wishes Rhonda. Desperately hoping I can get by without surgery.

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  15. lexklein / Jul 24 2017 8:30 am

    Love the beautiful bike route, the adorable cottage, the Tour de France news, and the mouthwatering galette pic, but do not love the shoulder update. 😦 So sorry to hear about this, but I hope whatever the course of action is, it goes quickly and smoothly!

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 24 2017 2:46 pm

      Thanks. The injury has its up sides. I’m getting out of laundry and vacuuming! 🙂

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  16. gerard oosterman / Jul 24 2017 8:51 am

    The bike ride would have been beautiful. Did you set the pace or was Poor John up front? What is the bicycle etiquette for couples? The tent looked cosy and snug. What is it about France and their love of terracotta potted plants. The charme of it all!

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 24 2017 3:22 pm

      We took turns setting the pace, but mostly it was geared to how fast I could ride. After we got home—and Poor John was back to riding his electric bike—he said he realised just how much easier the ride would have been for me if I’d had an electric version.

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  17. Alison and Don / Jul 24 2017 9:00 am

    Oww owww owww – your poor shoulder. I’m wincing just at the description. May you recover well!
    Still, even with that, your towpath cycle sounds perfectly wonderful. I hope we do something like that one day.
    Alison

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 24 2017 4:22 pm

      This is the second cycling trip we’ve done in France. It’s a lovely way to see the countryside and smaller towns.

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  18. Alison and Don / Jul 24 2017 9:01 am

    Oh! Forgot to say something about Michael Matthews! As a fellow Canberran I hope he did win. Must ask Don – he’s been following the race. Too bad for Cavendish!

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  19. Sharon Bonin-Pratt / Jul 24 2017 10:49 am

    This is a wonderful adventure – such beautiful place to bike and tour. To be able to camp and picnic right at the side of the water – that’s just paradise to me. Though I’m not a great bike rider, but the idea is enchanting. Now I hope you see to healing that shoulder.

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 24 2017 4:28 pm

      It was a glorious adventure and I’m so glad the shoulder didn’t stop me from going. But as you say, now to heal.

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  20. Coral Waight / Jul 24 2017 11:31 am

    Good luck with your recovery, Peggy. You’re pretty inspiring.

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  21. Brian Lageose / Jul 24 2017 1:57 pm

    I’ll take the “large lockkeeper’s cottage”, please and thank you. And if the surgery should prove inevitable, you can stay with me in said cottage during your recovery… 😉

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  22. derrickjknight / Jul 24 2017 8:22 pm

    May you eventually recover as well as he did:

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  23. Phil Huston / Jul 25 2017 1:53 am

    Picnic people and the willows looked like a Monet waiting to happen. And the lock keeper’s cottage was so perfect it might bring on diabetes in the unsuspecting. I still don’t know how you managed the bike ride, as I look at my low air fat tire bikes, sitting on the patio in the rain. Thanks for all the photos! I wonder if there’s a mystery somewhere in the rider’s stamina and Dad the butcher…perfect, I would think, for Jack Irish.

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 25 2017 12:20 pm

      Now that you mention it, I’m thinking that lock keeper’s house might be made of gingerbread. Oh yes, and I like the idea of a mystery. I’ve given you the characters, so you can write the story.

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  24. Curt Mekemson / Jul 25 2017 9:55 am

    My shoulder still hurts for you Peggy. I love the size that hamburger. It’s fun when you can eat something like that and think, “Oh, I’ll ride it off.” Enjoyed the photos. A while back, Peggy and I did a long boat tour on some of England’s canals. It was great fun. –Curt

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 25 2017 12:22 pm

      Thanks for the sympathy Curt. And thanks for mentioning the canal boat trips. Always looking for new adventures. 🙂

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      • Curt Mekemson / Jul 26 2017 3:36 am

        It’s a kick driving one of those 60 foot narrow boats along the canal. The speed is just about walking speed, so handling the boat isn’t quite the problem I thought it would be. And you can stop where ever you want. I think you’ve inspired me to update and repost the blog. –Curt

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  25. Stacia May / Jul 25 2017 1:12 pm

    I am in love with that lock keepers cottage! Looks like you are having a wonderful time!

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  26. paolsoren / Jul 25 2017 1:24 pm

    This is as good as watching the tour on SBS.

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  27. Anita / Jul 25 2017 7:19 pm

    How beautiful are these pictures, thank you so much dear for sharing your trip
    Have a very nice day
    Kisses

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  28. jeanleesworld / Jul 25 2017 9:42 pm

    Oh, Peggy, I do hope surgery can happen soon. Perhaps that regular athletic exertion helped keep your muscle/tendons from twisting or contorting into an irregular shape, which would make surgery even more difficult? All I know is that I’d never make 2 miles on a bike, let alone 200. It’s been decades since I’ve ridden–my bike’s still buried in my mom’s garage somewhere. She’s keen to give it to me, but I’ve been pretty blunt that I can’t really ride it right now anyway, not when two out of three children aren’t pedaling yet.
    Those shots of the canal and lock gardens are simply gorgeous, though. What coloring! You had perfect light that day.
    Anyhoo, prayers and hopes for a recovery. Slow or fast, so long as you get better–that’s what counts! 🙂 xxxxxxxxxxxx

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 26 2017 9:17 am

      Thanks Jean. I think surgery might be a long way off, but I’m managing anyway. Oh, and it just occurred to me that getting Biff and Bash on bicycles might be a great way to tire them out.

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      • jeanleesworld / Jul 26 2017 12:21 pm

        Oh believe you me, I’m trying. We’ve got Big Wheels just the right size for them, but they refuse to pedal! One of these days…grumble grumble….

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      • leggypeggy / Jul 26 2017 3:39 pm

        Oh ugh. They do know how to be contrary.

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  29. sidilbradipo1 / Jul 26 2017 5:55 am

    It was a great experience, a fantastic advernture! Hope you will recover very-very soon 😀
    Big hugs!
    Sid

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  30. The Thrifty Campers / Jul 26 2017 7:41 am

    What a travel and experience! that tent by the way is neat looking! gorgeous photos

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 26 2017 9:18 am

      Thanks. It was a great tent and very easy to put up.

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      • The Thrifty Campers / Jul 26 2017 11:09 am

        Yeah it looks it. If you don’t mind me asking what brand?

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      • leggypeggy / Jul 26 2017 12:19 pm

        Sorry, but I don’t remember. It was a Danish brand and very similar to our own tent by MacPac. Hope that helps.

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  31. chattykerry / Jul 26 2017 8:57 am

    I wish you the best of luck in your future treatment, Peggy. Your joie de vivre and wonderful travels leave me awestruck. I wish I had the energy…😴💤 Even when you are not living life to the fullest (like me) life turns around and bites you on the bum, so keep having adventures! The post was charming, especially the photographs.

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  32. Ankur Mithal / Jul 26 2017 4:07 pm

    Wow! You have a world champion in your neighbourhood. Well done Michael Matthews!

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  33. spearfruit / Jul 27 2017 3:53 am

    Beautiful photos and what an amazing trip. I send to you good vibes and good wishes in dealing with the shoulder. Peggy, I enjoyed this post, what a delight to share this adventure with us. 🙂

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 27 2017 8:46 am

      Thanks Terry. We had a wonderful time even if my shoulder slowed us down.

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  34. Chris Riley / Jul 27 2017 1:37 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous pics, and a good variety too. Oh dear, that shoulder. I had thought because of your silence on the topic that it had healed nicely. To hear you’ve been suffering in silence is sad news. Best of luck that whatever can be done is done quickly, and with excellent results.

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 27 2017 1:56 pm

      Thanks for the good wishes, Chris. No idea how things will play out with the shoulder but, trust me, the family knows I haven’t been suffering in complete silence. 🙂

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  35. Invisibly Me / Jul 27 2017 2:51 pm

    I’m glad the doc thought the ride was a good idea, but I’m just so sorry you’ve had such problems with your shoulder after that awful incident. I really do hope you get the specialist appointment soon so you can have a better idea of where to go from here, even if that unfortunately means surgery. You have some wonderful photos and memories so thanks for sharing them with us! 🙂
    Caz x

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 27 2017 8:56 pm

      So glad you like the photos. Not sure yet what is coming next for the shoulder. I keep trying to do things, and hope I’m not making things worse.

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      • Invisibly Me / Jul 27 2017 11:52 pm

        It’s always a fine line with injuries, and other illnesses in some cases, whether movement and such will help (keeping things mobile, in use, flexible) or aggravate the problem. Just take it easy and don’t overdo anything! 🙂
        x

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      • leggypeggy / Jul 28 2017 8:28 am

        Great advice and I am trying not to overdo anything.

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 27 2017 9:05 pm

      So glad you have enjoyed the photos. Still hoping that the shoulder mends without surgery.

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  36. Green Global Trek / Jul 27 2017 8:27 pm

    Terrific post. The tow routes sound fabulous and oh yes I DO remember eating those divine buckwheat pancakes.

    Hope your shoulder recovers soon.Sounds awfully painful.

    Peta

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 27 2017 8:57 pm

      Thanks for good wishes for the shoulder. I have buckwheat flour and a cast iron galette pan. Must get Poor John to lift it on to the stove top.

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  37. Osyth / Jul 28 2017 8:38 pm

    Peggy, I’ve been meaning to follow you for seemingly aged and far longer than the entire duration of the Tour. So here I am. Salut! Nice to meet you ☺

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 28 2017 10:02 pm

      Thanks Osyth. I so enjoy watching your wonderful contributions on some blogs that I follow. How lovely to have you here too.

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      • Osyth / Jul 28 2017 11:15 pm

        What a lovely thing to say …. hope I can bring a little je ne sais quoi to your party too!

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  38. Deb / Jul 29 2017 10:59 pm

    Wow what beautiful scenery!! So where did Michael finish? Just to do the race is something to be proud of!! I hope you get good news on your shoulder. If you do need surgery I hope it’s quick, easy and most of all successful. That burger does look delish too!! ☺

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 30 2017 9:51 am

      Michael won the green jersey which is awarded to the overall fastest sprinter. The burger was fantastic, but the shoulder is so-so.

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      • Deb / Jul 30 2017 11:03 am

        Oh wow that’s fantastic, congrats to Michael!! It looked it…sorry about the shoulder. In one instant everything changed. Imagine that.

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      • leggypeggy / Jul 30 2017 9:32 pm

        Yep, all changed in an instant.

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    • sipofwellness / Aug 17 2017 7:13 am

      good one

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      • Deb / Aug 17 2017 8:57 pm

        Thank you ☺

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      • sipofwellness / Aug 18 2017 6:48 am

        Welcome 🙂 Do visit sipofwellness.com 🙂

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      • Deb / Aug 18 2017 10:29 am

        Thank you, I shall pop over this weekend…looking forward to it!! 🙂

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  39. Shiva Malekopmath / Jul 30 2017 10:44 pm

    This is really Great. 30 counties visited 👌👍👏
    Cycling and having a bad shoulder. Do not worry you shall be alright in a while. You have drank the water of so many countries and have been strong enough.😀🌷
    Shiva🎶

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  40. adventuredawgs / Jul 31 2017 12:21 pm

    What wonderful photos. I’m glad the weather co-operated with you. And part of the fun of travelling is the chance to experience the food so I don’t blame you for not taking the stove. Bummer about the shoulder. Fingers crossed it doesn’t need surgery but if it comes to that, then a speedy recovery.

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 31 2017 12:45 pm

      I’m so glad we didn’t take the stove. That way I couldn’t be evenly remotely tempted to cook! 🙂

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  41. vagabondurges / Aug 5 2017 3:21 am

    Best wishes for a healthy recovery, with minimal pain along the way, and thank you for the photos, that tree-lined one in particular feels like medicine for the soul. (Now we just need medicine for the shoulder and thumb and you’re good to go again!)

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    • leggypeggy / Aug 5 2017 7:20 am

      Thanks for your good wishes. Recovery will be slow, but the thumb is good. Just the shoulder now. Maybe it needs another dose of scenery along the canals of France.

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  42. Forestwoodfolk / Aug 5 2017 10:02 am

    I have to confess being a little excited by this even though I am a self confessed, “I only watch the Tour de France for the scenery,” LOL!! I am so impressed that you did this, as I always would have liked to, but asthma and a non athletic nature meant it was never going to happen. I do hope your shoulder recovers but it will take a lot of patience. Another trip to the area for a relaxing holiday might be the best medicine!!

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    • leggypeggy / Aug 5 2017 7:09 pm

      I’m a sucker for the French scenery too, which helped to make the cycling more pleasant even if it was a struggle. Shoulder still aches a lot, but it is what it is.

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  43. potluckycom / Aug 8 2017 12:28 pm

    The French scenery is breathtaking.

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  44. J.D. Riso / Aug 10 2017 10:34 pm

    Sounds like such a fabulous vacation. I was just looking at doing the Loire Valley by bike. It’s all so well-organized in France.

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  45. eths / Aug 19 2017 10:04 am

    I’m so sorry you were hit! You are definitely the epitome of a survivor.

    On a different note, for some reason, I have not been getting email notifications. Again! So I signed up today.

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    • leggypeggy / Aug 19 2017 6:17 pm

      The shoulder has taken a beating but it is improving slowly.
      Thanks for signing up again. WordPress does lots of weird things. A while back it wouldn’t let me leave comments on other people’s blogs. I get notifications for your posts. 🙂

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