As promised, the weather was better today. I could see that as soon as I opened my tent!
I packed up, paid the campsite people and got underway.
The first past of the journey was to navigate my way out of the maze of country lanes and farm tracks. I managed that without any major issues and hit the road south towards Mauntaban.
I stopped off at the first shop I saw and bought a croissant and a PAC. That set me up nicely for the next few miles.
I had to do a bit of straight through town action, otherwise I'd just get sent to the motorway, which would obviously not be good!
I had a little chat with a lady off to do her shopping at a set of traffic lights. Fortunately, the phasing of the lights were such that we had about 2 years to chat about what I was doing before the lights went green.
After that I found the road I was looking for which would take me most of the way to where I was heading (near Castres).
This was good as it meant I couldn't get lost, but as the sign was indicating 100 kilometres it meant an awful lot of counting down!
The road was nice and quiet and pretty flat too. For a while there was a cycle path right alongside, but it didn't last long.
I stopped off for some lunch in Bessieres and watched some men playing Boules whilst I ate it. It wasn't quite right though - they were several decades too young and didn't have a sneaky bottle of red on the go either.
After that I made pretty good progress and soon enough the hills started.
It was a bit up and down at first and then it was up, up, up! It was seriously hard work - especially as it was very hot by this point and I was getting low on water.
I eventually got to Soreze (where I'm staying) and dived into the first shop I saw to get some water. It was possibly the weirdest shop I have ever been in! It was a sort of mini supermarket, but didn't seem to actually sell anything useful! No water or even any other drinks apart from cordial and a few dusty bottles of wine.
So I left and found a proper shop and bought 2 litres of water and some fig roles.
Refreshed, I went and found the campsite and checked in.
I am now debating whether to eat here or walk into town to get some dinner. Decisions, decisions....