Last night was our worst so far. In the evening, it turned cool before becoming hot & humid again. Storm clouds loomed over and later it rained with claps of thunder sounding similar to the TGV trains screaming past quite regularly. After a shower, I wandered back, got into the tent and was experienced a lungful of hot air from inside the tent. It was steaming inside. I couldn’t stand it so got out to sleep ‘en plein air’. Just as I was about to nod off, it rained.
Back inside the ‘steam tent’ I was, again, about to nod off when some wildlife started searching around in our food bags. Dan got with his torch blazing only to spot a cat that had nicked our rather nice cinnamon biscuits. Cheeky sod. Eventually, we settled into a restless sleep.
Next morning, we left that awful place at 1030 for the town centre. Here, we did some shopping where we bought a catapult to ward off wildlife and two covers for our panniers. We left the town swiftly and headed for Chauvigny. More flat and dull roads beside the river ‘Vienne’. Stopped in a small town across the river for lunch but t shops were shut so we went to a patisserie and had a croissant, cake and Red Fruits tea.
Left at 1 and headed for Chauvigny. Passed through in direction of Lussac-les-Châteaux. Arrived there to do some shopping and got into the camp site and at about 3.30. Did some washing. Had first shave for a week. Ate sausages, tomato sauce, onions, avocado, fromage frais, bananas and tea. Also, on arrival, had two bowls of cornflakes each (fresh milk!).
Enjoying being free and able to go at our own pace. Weather hot and humid. Keep coolest when cycling. Can’t wait to get into Dordogne area. This area is a little dull. We’re keeping up to our distance targets each day which is good. We’re having an easy day today. A bit of admin is needed because we are getting a bit smelly. Eating well, feeling fine, missing Penny and thinking about her all of the time. It’s only when you go away that you realise how much you care about someone. I made her miserable by going away and feel very selfish about it. I miss her. I hope Algeciras comes off.
Distance 62.3 kms Average speed 10kmh Time 6 hrs 12
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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