Cycling North France Day 5: Rouen to DIeppe, then home.

Our last day!   We awoke early, and were on the road by about 8.30am.  This was our last day, and we definitely had to make it to Dieppe in time for the ferry.  Our map led us past another pretty cathedral, and then up a hill.  A Very Big hill.  Most of us ended up walking up it, coz it was quite steep!    Silly hill.   We decided that Rouen was kinda in a hole, so the way we were going, any way to get out was up a hill.  That made us feel slightly better.  We had 60+ kms to get to Dieppe, so thought we would get a nice start.   Once at the top of the hill, it was pretty easy after that.  Lots of cute, old houses, and even a few with thatched roofs, and grass growing on top.  We found another tiny town, another patisserie, and got a bit carried away again.

Another Church in Rouen
Another Church in Rouen
Another Church in Rouen
Another Church in Rouen
Another Church in Rouen
Another Church in Rouen
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Some pony statue
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The sheer amount of planes that fly every day is amazing.
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More contrails, all going the same way..SO MANY PLANES, so many people going places.
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Adorable thatched roof houses
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The view back on Rouen, after our steep climb
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A signpost
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A cute house!

 

All the french people seem to go out and by their breakfast from the patisserie every morning.  True, that theyre mostly buying baguettes, and not all the yummy tarts and pastries, but we usually had a bit of a wait, and there was usually a line, to buy all the delishuz things.

Oh my goodness, these were amazing little balls of delishusness
Oh my goodness, these were amazing little balls of delishusness
Icecream cones!
Icecream cones!
Breakfast!
This is what I got to look forward to for breakfast!
A water mil, through the trees
A water mil, through the trees
My favourite cute little house, it was purple!
My favourite cute little house, it was purple!

 

Breakfast was a long time in coming that day, and 30km later, we found a little pull over place to sit and eat.  Turns out it was the place that the local French people came to fill up their bottles with spring water, as in the half hour we were sitting there, four separate cars came, pulled out their boxes of empty bottles, filled them up at the spring, loaded them into their cars, and drove off again.  We followed suit, emptying all our bottles, and filling them up with delishuz french springwater.

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Ice cream come of yummy

 

A spring, used by all the locals.
A spring, used by all the locals.

Lots more biking, a couple of bright squirrels, and a squished snake on the road, lots of cute houses, and we eventually made it back to the place where we had tea and coffee, near a little lake, at the beginning of our trip.  Looked a bit different in the day.

La Vache
La Vache
House
House
House!
House!
Lake
Lake
A little town
A little town
Back to Avenue Vert!
Back to Avenue Vert!
Our midnight lake
Our midnight lake
This was our very first morning breakfast place, pretty and leafy
This was our very first morning breakfast place, pretty and leafy

We headed in to Rouen, where we discovered all shops are either closed on Sunday, or close at 1pm.  We biked around, praying to find a pattiserie, and luckily we did, where we stocked up on our last lot of bread, cheese and pastries.  The lady in the pattiserie looked very, when I managed to ask for everything in French, including saying ‘That’s all”.   The range of response when trying to talk to the locals in French was always interesting.  Pretty much all were pleased when we actually tried, though some would just talk to us in English, once they realised we spoke it.  The smaller towns were always interesting, as often the locals would speak little English, if at all, so we would definitely have to try.

At the last moment on the way to the ferry, we found a little market, where we got the last of our provisions (IE cheese to take home, and drinks for on the ferry), and then headed to check in to the ferry.

A church
A church
Bridge going up
Bridge going up
Harbour
Harbour
Blocks
Blocks
Ferry fare
Ferry fare
Harbour
Harbour
Dieppe
Dieppe

Going from England to Europe, they don’t seem to care all that much.  However, going from anywhere in Europe, INTO England, man, they ask a lot of questions.  Who are you?  How long are you staying?  Where have you been?  What is your job?  Where is your husband?   What do all your family members do?   Will you promise me your first born child?
Well, not quite that extreme.  But I usualy have to tell them exactly where I went, and why, how long was I away, and why I want to re-enter England, who I am travelling with.. .    I think they ask more questions than even the USA did.

Anyway, again with the weird biking through customs, weird exciting.  We headed onto the boat, found comfortable seats, and proceeded to spend the four hours: eating, yum, playing cards, watching the sunset, napping, reading, and being tired.  Off the ferry in NEwhaven, then the bike back in the dark, along the undercliff trails, to home!  Arrived about 11.30pm, all ready to go to work tomorrow.

PRetty sky
PRetty sky
Lovely sunset
Lovely sunset
Pinks
Pinks
We ate these the next day, Yeahhh
We ate these the next day, Yeahhh
yum
yum

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Countryside
Countryside
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Corner house

 

Fighting Plan
Fighting Plan
Knobbly things near the port
Knobbly things near the port
Pastries!
Pastries!
Chocolate things
Chocolate things
A sunny day
A sunny day

 

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