Not much of a blog today because the wifi at our campsite stops at 8:00pm, which is in 15 minutes, so here is a 10 point summary of the day!
1. We rode 68km
2. It was a public holiday here, the only one for the Easter period and it was very quiet.
3. The weather was beautiful – sunny, no wind, chilly but it warmed up and the path was perfect again.
4. The first 20km was a bit bleak, with the path running beside the canal, but also beside a railway line and through industrial areas, the second 20km improved and the third 20km was beautiful, with farmland, tree lined paths and lovely scenery.
5. I felt something bite me as I rode along and it must have taken up residence inside my clothes or something because my back is now absolutely covered in big red bite marks. I look like a dot-to-dot page in a puzzle book.
6. There is a great “Bonjour return” strike rate here. I say hello to everyone and when I go out running or riding I always say hello to people I pass. At home when I run around the village, the strike rate of “Hello returns”, (that is people who also say hello or say hello in reply to me), is about 98%. When I’m in other places I tend to judge them by their “Hello return” strike rate and I’ve been in places that rate at 99% and I’ve been in places that rate at 2%. Here, the “Bonjour return” strike rate was at 95%! People were very friendly and we passed walkers, runners and cyclists, who for the most part, gave cheery “Bonjours” or replied to ours. A very friendly ride with nice friendly people along the way. The occasional runner and cyclist didn’t say anything, but I think they were “in the zone” and focusing very hard on what they were doing!
7. We arrived at our pit stop of Moissac, a really nice little town just past Castelarassin. It has a beautiful old abbey, pretty little streets and narrow cobbled passageways.
8. We are back in the tent! Our pitch is also on grass, which is a first so far and makes a nice change from gravel, dirt and sand, so it’s a top little spot, except for…
9. There are lots of flying things all around our site, so I fear I will be feasted on again before too long and add to my already spotted and lumped body, thanks to whatever decided to bite me hundreds of times over. I got Steve to wipe me down with mozzie wipes on my back and then to spray me all over with fly spray, but if something is there that can bite, I will be bitten, because as well as being a road bump magnet, I’m also a magnet for biting things.
10. We had elevenses beside the canal at Grisolles, lunch beside the canal at Montech and had a Trangia feast supper at Chez Tent, sitting in the sunshine.
Well, that’s a brief recap of the day…with very fast typing to make it before wifi cut-off, so please excuse any spelling, grammatical or typographical errors. Hopefully normal service will resume tomorrow!
Hope you packed the stingose and aerogard before you left home and that tomorrow is better
Thanks Al. Yeah, I think those little biting critters will find a way through the defences no matter what! I must be tasty!