Day 14 Soreze to Narbonne

Posted by: Rob on 15/06/2013

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Stats  

80.03 mi

878.14 mi

Day 14
Cloudy Icon  Cloudy and muggy

I woke up a little later this morning- due to not getting to sleep as early as I would normally. There was a very noisy family of whatever the French call chavs. They were annoying everyone and I noticed the early risers around me making no attempt to be quiet this morning!

Anyway, I was still on the road by just after half 8, so that was good.

I rode down to the next town which was only about 3 miles and stopped to pick up my usual croissant and pan-o.

I had bit of an uphill slog for a while, but then had a glorious uninterrupted downhill blast for several miles into Castelnaudary.

It was here that I picked up the Canal du Midi. I don't know if it was just this section, but it was absolutely rubbish! The path was as bad as any canal path I've ever ridden! It really wasn't fun. The canal I followed the other day had mile after mile of smooth tarmac and the CduM is supposed to be the well known one!

Anyway, I endured it for 17 miles and then gave up and got on the road. I don't think I've ever been so pleased to get on tarmac!

I had a really good pace on and after a while I noticed a French guy sneakily sucking my wheel! I guess with the general brick shape of my bike with all my luggage, I was punching a nice hole in the air for him. This went on for a bit, but he did eventually come past and take his turn on the front!

After the fun and games, I arrived in Carcassonne and stopped for lunch, which was  obviously a ham and cheese baguette and a chocolate eclair.

I found my way out of the town and got on the D road that goes all the way to the coast. The wind was really picking up now, which was fine by me as it was going in my direction!

I was absolutely flying. In one one hour stint I'd covered just over 20 miles! I kept this up all the way to Narbonne. For the last 25 miles I would have put in an alright TT time!

I had decided on a campsite, which wasn't too hard to find, so I checked in and got set up.

The ground here is so hard that I've bent a load of tent pegs. I've got so few straight ones left, that I'm going to have to buy some more. I also noticed that another section of the front pole has split, so I will need to repair that tomorrow. Good job I've been lugging the spare pole sections around all this time!

I will probably have a shorter day tomorrow - there are millions of campsites now, so I have loads of choice and don't have to do much planning.

I am currently having dinner. I am obviously photographing each course and will upload the photos later or tomorrow...

Gallery

Canal du Midi
Lock
Citadel
Hills in distance
The Mediterranean!
Crazy golf!
My pitch
Starter
Main
Dessert
Sunset!

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  Aidan on 18/06/2013

Did you eat your dinner while watching the sunset
 

  Mum on 16/06/2013

Meal looks good and lovely sunset. Hope you managed to fix tent pole.
 

  Clint on 16/06/2013

Chelmsford to South of France in 2 weeks is about 30 yrs faster than an Austin Healey Sprite, thats a comfortable win mate - well done!
 

  Mum on 15/06/2013

You must have gone through Treves soon after Carcassonne - its where we are staying in Sept. I guess the citadel was Carcassonne? Starting to think you haven't eaten tonight as no pics of food!
 

  Karen on 15/06/2013

Did you have a game of crazy golf? Your pitch for tonight looks a bit like the state of our back garden which is fully taken up by a football goal...only your pitch has more grass.
 

  Gilbert finster on 15/06/2013

Have you introduced the calories count
 

  simonparrott on 15/06/2013

The French word for chav is ch'tis (pronounced shtee). Looks like the Mistral was blowing you along at a fair rate today! Chelmsford to the south of France in two weeks "that's not bad you know"!!
 

  Kirst on 15/06/2013

You're doing so well you might as well enter the TdF while you're there!