The day started off badly. We had not slept well in Condom because of the hard ground, I think. We got up late and the weather was overcast. So, we took our time packing up and adjusting the bikes. We set off and stopped at a supermarket to buy lunch and supper. As we came out, we saw that it was sunny again. Roasting, in fact. Not good for morale.
We pushed off. 100 kms later we were tired, hot and very fed up. We had attempted to find camp sites but there was nothing left. The traffic was awful, the heat was intense and I was not enjoying myself at all. Pulling into an information point, we discovered that the nearest ‘place du camping’ was in Pau, 25kms away.
There was nothing for it but to ride on. We arrived at 8pm, got charged 46 Francs for the site. It was getting dark and Dan’s rack had broken. I do remember French soldiers cheering us on as they passed.
Distance 127.65 kms Average speed 12.1 kmh Time 10 hrs 28
Will Hawkins lives in Lincolnshire with his family, works in a technology company in London and does as many micro-adventures as he can.
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