Soissons

From  Guise to Soissons was a long day. It started well with some steep climbs but nothing to worry about. This time I had a map and before I had started out  I had looked on Google Maps and had drawn the route (for cyclists) on my map. At some point the road deteriorated into a hardly visible track  and while I was cycling towards a motorway, I wondered if Google’s man on the ground had done his homework. Luckily it met with a bridge so I could cross the motorway.

Early afternoon I was sent into the woods. There were some steep little roads and I got lost again. When I bought my bike I had wondered when I would ever had use for first gear, because it kept me spinning like  mad without hardly getting anywhere. Now I knew….

Eventually I descended into Soissons fully loaded at about 40 km/hr and lorries thundering by only inches away. It was hair-raising and when i got back to my senses I decided this was the time to buy a helmet.

Soissons had some nice old buildings. This is one of them:

church

Abbey of some sort

It was ruined a long time ago. A lovely old lady explained it all to me in excellent English.
After that I was lying on the grass for sometime, taking in all the details.

It was very beautiful.

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One thought on “Soissons

  1. kaipaulden

    Been reading your wordpress site and blog for the first time this evening. Well done Peter! Already your site is encouraging to me. I may go for a weekend cycle ride away for starters, and to taste freedom once again . . .
    Now I have tapped into your travel log, I intend to come here again, to see what you’ve been up to . . .

    Reply

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