Riding out past Port Dinan, I headed along the routes pointed by the signs toward St. Malo. On one climb, I somehow extended my rear derailleur into the spokes of the rear wheel while under stress…snapped off two spokes! The wheel was shot for hard use, so I repaired what I could and limped back to Dinan. While I was repairing on the roadside, a classic French cyclist stopped to see if I needed help: lean as a whippet, upright 3-speed bike, trimmed beard, street clothes… and he’d been riding fast! We spoke a bit in my awful French and his much-better English. (Turns out he doesn’t have much use for Lance Armstrong). This is just another example of the graciousness and friendliness we’ve been shown by everyone we’ve encountered this trip. Folks who rage about rude French folks may have used an unfriendly or discourteous approach themselves. Anyhow, I rode back to town and visited the bike shop I’d located the day before. The guy fixed me up in about ½ hour, 25 euros later I was back in business but with a trashed shift mechanism. Went back to our apartment, where I worked on the bike using a clothesline as my workstand. I think I’m good for long miles tomorrow to celebrate the Bastille.
A guy came to the door today to fix our phone/Internet connection which has been down ever since we arrived. He sure didn’t LOOK like an official repairman! Anyhow, the problem is in the wiring inside the premises, so big hassle over who is to pay for the repair…not us for sure, but the repair won’t happen till Friday, the day AFTER Bastille Day. SO, we’ll just have to visit our local pub (again) and use their wifi setup to post these pics and comments! Oh, BTW: HISTORY WAS MADE last night at this very pub! I was able to do some work for my job and sign some necessary Orders via the internet, using the system we invented for handling emergencies and domestic violence injunctions electronically…it was the first intercontinental Palm Beach County Order signing by internet!
See ya later, Lynn’s here.
PIC captions: First attempt at biking the cobbles.
Chateau de Dinan.
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