26-Apr-2008 -- I was in France to attended the ANZAC Day dawn service at Villers-Bretonneux, and spend a couple of days in the area looking at the battle fields which many Australian Troops from the 1st world War died. I based myself at Amiens 13km from Villers-Brettonneux and about 24kms as the crow flies from the CP.
The day after the ANZAC service and celebrations in the village of Villers-Bretonneux I decided that I would hire a mountain bike in Amiens can catch the train to Abbeville which is about 42km as the crow flies North West of Amiens and ride back stopping at the CP on the way back. The weather was going to be good and the mountain bike cheap to hire for the weekend only 8 Euro. Caught the train from Amiens at 0920hrs, and the number of people taking bikes on the train was high on that Saturday Morning with the bike carriage very full, I think people where going to the coast for the day/weekend. Only a few people got off in Abbeville, where my bike ride started for real after a nice haircut and shave.
I had programmed my new GPS with all the villages to the CP in the route section and this worked well, unfortunately I did not bring my little clip to attach the GPS to the handle bars of the bike so I had to carry it and look at it every now and then. Cycling in this part of France was very enjoyable and I basically cycled along the roads to the North of the Somme. Have a break in a small village called Long, I crossed the Somme and headed through the village of Longpre-les-Corps-Saint which is the closest town to the CP, about 1.5km from it. On the way out of the village I came across a small Commonwealth War Cemetery with a few Australian's in it, stopped for a rest here.
This CP is very easy to get to and only about 50m from the road in a farmers field. As I was taking the photo's of the CP a cycle race went past with about 80 cyclist all going flat out, an official was at the corner of the roads watching me in the field he must of been a little curious as to what I was doing when I was going to the CP dance. Took the photo's and rode back down the hill towards the Somme where I picked up a cycle track on the river at Picquigny.
All in all a very successful day with the ride totalling about 80km. Saw nice French villages, and managed to stop by my first French CP.