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Cycling in Normandy

St. Vaast
St. Vaast
   

 

<-- 2nd day of the Normandy tour

Day 3: St. Lo - St. Vaast

Distance: 100km
Time: 10 h

St. Lo is the administrative centre of the area and as such quite a big town. Unfortunately it was a strategic point during WWII and therefore not much of the old town remains. Nevertheless a short walk trough the centre and along the walls is quite nice and the gothic cathedral (also rebuild) is worth a visit. We left St Lo on the road to Bayeaux but soon turned left onto the D195 to St. Andre de l'Epine. Bypassing hundreds of blooming apple trees we turned north again on the D59 and D29. After crossing the train line we turned left and entered the big national park Marais du Contin et du Bessin with its big intact marshes.

Several small lanes let us to Carentan were we where looking in vain for an open restaurant (it was a Sunday) so that we ended up eating yet more pasties in a park. Behind Carentan we crossed over the big N13 and cycled on the D913 to Vierville. There we used smaller roads to get back to the coast which we reached at Utah Beach. Being on of the D-Day beaches we spent some time in the museum and on the beach enjoying a beautiful and warm day. The rest of the day was very nice and easy cycling as we followed the D421 along the flat coast to Quineville. In order to get as far north as possible we continued for an other hour to reach St. Vaast where we found a nice campsite near the sea.

4rd dayof the Normandy tour -->


   

Time: 4 days

Distance: 410 km