Arrive on velo
Ascot, England - Chinon, Loire Valley, France
Chateau La Perriere
With four cycling tours from Ascot to Chinon, under their belts, five Dad's embark on a tour to Chinon unsupported.
No rescue plan, no emotional support
just good old determination
Whilst two Mum's and four children, who are the sensible ones, went by car and stayed in our favourite hotel en route and enjoyed some fabulous sushi in Rouen.
How small can one fold a spare pair of bib shorts? Not very, therefore they can't go in the bag! Yes that's it, they are going to be very smelly by the time they reach Chinon. Everything from toothbrush to emergency inner tubes had to fit in the saddle bag.
Pretty neat looking bag though
don't you think.....?
An exhilarating morning, before the world has really woken up, encountering spectacular scenery through three boroughs, Berkshire, Surrey & Hampshire. Petersfield greeted them with a perfect place to stop and grab a coffee and fuel in the sunshine - thank you England.
It's all about the Food
The perfect sausage butty
Stunning accommodation at Le Mans
Amazing food at Le Mans
Fabulous French cafes along the way
The Perfect Cycling Fuel
Would you believe it, this little cafe served fresh scones by a Scottish lady!
Its all worth it in the end
Welcome party, children are beside themselves with excitement!
It's an incredible moment watching the children see their Daddy's come up the road after waving them good bye in Ascot.
Next, a cold beer and the swimming pool
Thank you to the production company from "Chateau Rescue, Channel Four," who filmed the arrival.
Ascot - Petersfield - Portsmouth
Portmouth - Caen
Brittany Ferries - 3:30pm departure, 9pm arrival
Caen over night stop
Caen - Le Mans
Le Mans over night stop
Le Mans - Chinon - 2:00pm arrival
Tip...pack bag with heavy gear at the bottom
it minimises the swing