Day 19 Pernes les Fontaines to Darbres
It rained quite a bit in the night, but by morning it had cleared up. I let my tent dry out while I waited for the shop to open so I could pick up my breakfast.
Once done with that I set off. It was easy direction wise and I just followed the road towards Orange and after that, the road into the Ardeche.
It really was rather uneventful! I was a bit tired after yesterdays excitement and was happy to just plod on to the campsite I'd seen near Villeneuve de Berg.
I was making really good progress, but felt very tired. I couldn't stop yawning at one point!
I got to about 10 miles to go and it started to rain. Nothing too bad, but I took shelter under a tree for a while.
Once cleared I set off again. It seemed to take for ever to get to the site, but I got there in the end and it was still quite early.
They said they had a minimum 2 nights policy. And just to make things worse, the price for one night was double what I'd paid at the last place. So basically, I had to find somewhere else. Shame, as they had a really nice cat!
Strangely, I suddenly felt re-energised. I saw there was another site 12 km away. So off I went. The sun had properly come out again and I started getting some good views.
Then there was a massive climb! Well compared to yesterday, it was a baby, but it was still 6 km at 7%
I really enjoyed the climb. It finished at a village called Mirabel and the views were absolutely stunning! I was glad the other campsite wasn't a goer now!
At the top of the climb there was a refreshment van thing, so I got an ice cold can of coke and admired the amazing view.
It was about 5k to the village of Darbres where my new campsite was and it was mostly downhill, but not fully down to the level I started.
I found the site no problem and it's a beauty! I was just thinking that the nicest site I'd stayed at was probably the very first place. So it was about time that was rectified!
It is very picturesque and very cheap too! Plus they have an even nicer cat than the other place! Oh and a parrot that does an excellent impression of the cat!
So all in all, it couldn't have turned out better!
I've just had an excellent dinner and am now watching the sun set over the hills in a cloudless sky. Happy days...