I got up at my usual time of 7 am to see the sun working its way up a cloudless sky. A good start to any day!
I packed up and waited for the shop to open at 8. I bought a bargain bundle of yesterdays croissants for 1 Euro and got the obligatory pan o too.
Once I'd scoffed that down I got on the road. It was a very interesting place to ride, with lots of slithers of land in lots of bits of water. There was even a canal through the middle of a lagoon which was quite impressive.
I had a nice cycle path to follow, but just as I was thinking I might be able to follow it all the way to Montpellier, it kind of fizzled out and I ended up on the road.
After a while, the road became too busy for my liking, so I got off as soon as I could. I found a quieter route into Montpellier and then had the task of getting through it. It wasn't too bad and I was soon out the other side, but that was when things started to get a bit frustrating.
I didn't get lost as such, I just wasn't making much progress. The wind was relentless and I was getting concerned that I wasn't making good enough time.
I decided to stop and get myself together. I bought a baguette, more water and an eclair chocolat :-)
After that I felt much better and realised after a while that I was further up the road than I thought.
I managed to stumble across a really good cycle path that would take me all the way to Nimes.
It was a long old slog and it was hotter than ever.
Once I got to Nimes I bought some more water and an ice cold can of coke. I still had a fair way to go to the campsite I wanted to stay at near the Pont du Gard.
This was the toughest part of the ride and indeed my whole trip so far! It just seemed to be getting hotter and hotter! The road seemed endless and I had to stop twice more for cold drinks and water.
At one place the bloke seemed quite interested in my bike and he gave me half a melon for free, which I gratefully smashed down.
After that it was plain sailing as it was all down hill. I found the campsite no problem and was relieved to finally be able to stop!
I pitched up and had a shower and then headed over to dinner, which is where I am now.
I am having salmon to start and a great big steak for my main. Obviously there will be pictures :-)