Day 12 Villefranche du Queyran to Molieres

Posted by: Rob on 13/06/2013

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Stats  

76.86 mi

716.31 mi

Day 12
Dark Cloud Icon  Overcast occasional rain

I slept very well last night and woke up raring to go. Unfortunately, the sun had decided to do one, so it was back to overcast skies and much cooler temperatures.

I packed up and went to pick up my croissant and PACs, which I consumed straight away before hitting the road.

I wasn't entirely sure of my plan of attack at this point. There were a few campsites about the right distance away, but none that were really in the right place (or that weren't nudist sites!), so it was going to have to be a bit of a compromise.

I started heading for the next town, did my obligatory early morning additional 2 mile loop for absolutey no reason, then found myself the river. Well, it wasn't the river, rather a navigable canal next to the river.

After making sure I was going towards Toulouse and not Bordeaux, I got stuck in to some steady miles.

It was really good actually - smooth, flat and with a tailwind which was nice after yesterday.

I ploded on for quite some time without seeming to make any inches across my map. I guess it just seemed slow as it can be pretty boring riding mile after mile of dead straight canal.

When I got to Agen, I left the canal for the Centre Ville to get some food.

I got a bit lost for a bit, but then got found and was back on the canal. I was actually sandwiched between the canal and the river (which was huge) which felt a bit weird!

There were plenty of bridges and aquaducts which made things more interesting, then it was decision time as to which way I was going to go.

I decided on a campsite and hit the road to go towards it. The road immediately went upwards! I was climbing for ages and was soon high above the river. The views would have been amazing if it wasn't for the increasingly dark skies and low cloud.

Anyway, I carried on and then suddenly realised I needed some more food! Amazingly, I found a shop that was open! It was a Spar and had just reopened after a 3 hour lunch time closing! I bought some bread and stuff and filled my face.

It wasn't far to the campsite from here, but it took an age as it was all up and down. The site is also in the middle of nowhere!

It's run by a Dutch family and it's very nice. Dinner is served very soon, but I don't feel that hungry at the moment. Probably due to eating a load of jaffa cake things. Only the filling is strawberry rather than orange and they're delicious!

WiFi is available, so I shall upload some pics...

Gallery

Canal
Aquaduct!
Straight!
Longer aquaduct!
The mighty Gironde
Road, canal, railway, river
Lots of water
A view
Pitch just about big enough
Pizza!

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  Aidan on 13/06/2013

Paths, Pizza, and PAC GREAT combination
 

  Gilbert finster on 13/06/2013

Need a calories count
 

  Rob on 13/06/2013

Yeah, the Dutch guy here at the site assures me the weather will be good from now on! To be fair, it's not that bad - it certainly isn't cold...
 

  Clint on 13/06/2013

Weatner looks nice for next few days mate, base camp ought to keep an eye out for flash flood rains - hopefully not this year.
 

  Mum on 13/06/2013

Another long way in one day! Scenery with all the water is nice. I assume nudity on nudist campsites is obligatory - as Kirsten says its not quite the weather for it! Weather still horrible and cold here.
 

  Kirst on 13/06/2013

Can you do a running total of your miles as well as the daily count? ;-) It does sound a bit chilly for nekkid camping so I think you made the right choice. Plus, I think if you go to nudist ones they make you play a lot of tennis and stuff. I'm not sure I would like strawberry jaffa cakes but I do really like the pear ones. We had fake orange ones at work today but they weren't as nice as proper ones; the chocolate was wrong.