WW1 Ride – Ypres to Albert

A big day, with a huge amount to see. Strong wind from the eest, and some cold rain for a while.

Started with Hill 60, and Hill 62 and Caterpiller Crater on the Ypres salient.

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Then the Messines Ridge to the Irish Peace Park, opened 1998.

We called in at Loos and Hill 70, before reaching Vimy Ridge. We arrived at exactly the same time as Jane and Del in the van, which was just as well because it rained hard and my jacket was in the van. Here there are preserved trenches and a great view over the Douai plain that the Germans were defending.

Food had been a problem all day, the Ascension day holiday, and we finally found a chip shop in Arras around 14.30.

Then on to the Somme, where the cemeteries come thick and fast. Highlights were the Newfoundland memorial at Beaumont Hamel, and the massive British memorial at Thiepval.

Then on to a very good hotel in Albert. A fantastic day. Hard cycling, and far too many battles and deaths to process easily.

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