Tuesday 27 August 2013: Viaduct over the canal
Today we cycled from Landevennec to join the canal at the last lock (No. 237) "Guily Glas". The road out of the village was only marked at 12% but it was a lot steeper in places - felt more like 50%... There were also some fearsome ups and downs along the route - I could smell the disk breaks on my bike on one of the descents and even then I trigged a speed indicating camera!
At Guily Glas we joined the canal where most people end it - we're doing the canal in the reverse direction to normal as it makes more logical sense from a route planning perspective. Today's blip is the railway viaduct that is about 500 metres from the lock and it's complicated weir. We then started to cycle along the cycle path, stopping for lunch at Chateaulin and finally stopping for the night at Chateauneuf-du-Faou between locks 219 and 218.
The cycling along the towpath or chemin de halage, was a lot easier going that the road to get to it - being very flat. The route is clearly marked, in good condition and has plenty of picnic tables and benches along it's length. I wouldn't take a road bike on the path but a robust hybrid bike or mountain bike is fine.