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Gallery: Normandy Bike Tour

This is a gallery of photographs I took to accompany story proposals about bike touring in Normandy. The ones that have me in them were taken with a tripod.  This post is un-indexed and un-categorized, so for all practical purposes these pictures have not been published. — Joe

Jet lag makes for a very early start on the second day of the trip.
Southern Normandy is full of national forests (forêts domaniales) that have many kilometers of low-traffic roads.
Southern Normandy is full of national forests (forêts domaniales) that have many kilometers of low-traffic roads.
Multiple croissants and a “petit cafe” — French the breakfast of champions – is available at most campgrounds.
Taking a rest in front of the Basilique Notre-Dame de Montligeon, an enormous church built in the middle of nowhere to accommodate 19th century pilgrims that flocked to the region for a charismatic priest.
One of many nearly-empty forest roads in southern Normandy.
Navigating one of the national forests with old signs and new.
Camping provides a low-cost way to stay while bike touring.
Greenways or “voies vertes” like this resurfaced railway are car-free and often stretch for hundreds of kilometers.
This family of four from Caen rode several hundred kilometers together on a voie verte. [I have their contact info for a release if necessary]
Mont Saint Michel is one of the top attractions of Normandy, for travelers on bikes or otherwise.
A perspective on Mont Saint Michel from the dam on the Couesnon River.
Riding around the back side of Mont Saint Michel abbey.
The typical French countryside scenery: clouds and fields.
Roads are always an option, but the unpaved route makes it easier to get away from all traffic and tourists. This is a segment of Eurovelo 4, a cross-continent bike trail. 
Riding alongside Omaha Beach.
Roadside haybales not far from Monet’s summer residence. [This is a composite of two bracketed exposures: one for sky and one for the rest.]