Ski-roues en Bretagne

5 Aug

Stopped on my way back to Oslo in the Brittany region of France. This is Celtic and corny Arthurian legend country.
Even better, it’s got a piece of rollerski heaven. A greenway following an old train right of way goes 53 kilometers nonstop from the Questembert rail station to the village of Mauron. And the asphalt is wide, pure silk all the way.
Moreover the path stays mostly in the shade of the Broceliande Forest’s trees as it wind through bucolic countryside and brushes up against medieval villages.
Malestroit, just a couple kilometers off the greenway (though via stressful car traffic) abounds in half-timbered buildings and also touches a lovely stretch of the Canal from Nantes to Brest. Stop there for delicious buckwheat crepes!
The path continues through the walled city of Ploërmel, once residence of the Ducs of Brittany. I stopped a little before at a hotel at whose restaurant I ate a feast of duck and local rabbit.
I was even a little surprised at the effort required to get back to my start point. The path goes north-south over the gentle but very long sloping ridges of the ancient Armorican Massif. That was once part of the Appalachian range.
The whole route is in my experience the best in the world for rollerskiing. There’s even a group of Bretons who rollerski there.

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