I took the 9 am train from Paris to Brest, arriving in Brest at 1:30pm. Expecting cold rain and winds, I started cycling with my sweatshirt and raincoat. It was a bit cloudy, but the sun was trying hard to shine through the clouds, so I quickly became hot and ended up cycling with a t-shirt. So far I haven't seen more than a couple of drops of rain here in Bretagne. I must have brought the Paris sun with me.
I visited a couple of beaches. I saw Oceanopolis, but didn't know what it was, so I didn't go in. It's a sea-themed science museum with about 50 aquariums. On the way to Landerneau, I saw a campsite, which was closed due to maintenance or public works, scheduled to be reopened in summer... 2013. Glad I booked a hotel instead of planning to camp there :-)
Today has not been very exciting gastronomically speaking. I had a microwave heated chicken pasta dish on the train for lunch. I had dinner at the hotel. The restaurant was not open tonight, but they have meals you can order at the reception. I ordered a fish and rice dinner, with a crumble dessert. They gave me an extra dessert because they had to get rid of it. Maybe it was expired :-)
Today I cycled 26km in Bretagne, plus 5km in Paris to get to the train station. You can see route I took as recorded by my GPS, below. Tomorrow I head out to Morlaix. Here's the list of cities I plan to visit:
Saint Malo (Friday)
Le Mont Saint Michel (Sunday)
The last few bike tours I did, my legs were so sore after two days that I had to spend a whole day in bed recovering. I've tried to reduce the number of kilometers per day for this trip to prevent that from happening again, but I'm still a bit nervous about that, as this time all my hotels are booked, so I have less flexibility. We'll see. So far, I still feel in good shape :-)
The road signs here are often both in French and Breton. The hotel information pamphlet is also in Breton. You can see a photo of it below.
That's about it for day 1!