WW1 ride – Albert to Soissons

A great day’s riding in the sunshine, albeit with a nagging SE headwind all day.

First off, after leaving Apbert, a visit to the Lochnagar crater – the result of tunneling and then huge mines, plaved under the German position. Hard to photograph.

Then on along the front line of the battle of the Somme, with a visit to the South African memorial at Deville Wood.

We finally left the plateau of the Somme, after a gruelling series of non-stop cemeteries and memorials to the missing. We descended and crossed the Somme, moving to the French section of the front line. No more Commonwealth War Graves from here on.

The next section was flat, with less evidence of the war, just scattered French military cemeteries.

We had an excellent Plat du Jour for lunch, sitting outside in the sunshine, in full holiday mode. The it was over a final small climb before descending into the valley of the river Aisne. Here we met Cotswold limestone, and very pretty villages. Vic sur Aisne was a gem, and we sat drinking outside a very good cafe.

Soissons is a compact town, and we are bookid into the Ibis on the outskirts. Del drove us into town for our evening meal.

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