Day 8 Chatelaillon Plage to Royan
I wasn't up and away quite as early as yesterday, but after a couple of croissants from the campsite shop I was on the road by 9.
The sun had made an appearance, but it didn't last long and it was back to overcast skies.
I followed an excellently signed cycle path all the way to Rochefort, but as soon as I got to the outskirts of the town, the signs vanished! They have obviously been taking tips from their UK counterparts, Sustrans!
I found a big map of the town at the side of the road and was studying it when a gentleman pulled up and asked if I needed directions. Fortunately I didn't, as I wouldn't have understood him, but it was nice of him to ask.
I knew I was looking for a big bridge (again!) and it soon loomed into view.
There is also a transporter bridge, but I couldn't be bothered to check if it was open or indeed wait if it was, so I just blasted over the road bridge. Nice wide cycle lane on this one.
I saw lots of cyclists today, obviously everyone was out as it's Sunday (which I hadn't realised!) so there were lots of waves and bonjours.
Rather than follow a cycle path, I used my map for the next bit. Ok, I couldn't actually find the cycle path!
The roads were nice and took me through some nice little towns. There was a running race in one of them and I had to wait whilst the marshalls let the runners through. So I joined everyone else shouting Allez! at them all.
Amazingly, I found a shop open. That was quite remarkable considering a. This is France and b. It's Sunday! The lady explained that I could have a salmon or ham baguette. So I asked for ham. She gave me salmon. Obviously I didn't realise that until I had left and started eating it! No matter, it was very nice.
After that I found the cycle path. It said it was 44 km to Royan, so I stuck to the road which was more like 30.
I blasted along there at a good pace as I had a nice tailwind which was good as it was threatening rain.
I rolled into Royan and went to check out the ferry, as I will need to catch that tomorrow morning. There's one at 09:30 which I need to be at 20 minutes before departure, so that's good time wise.
I found a nice campsite not far from the ferry terminal so checked in, showered and hammered their WiFi uploading today's pics.
There is a restaurant here, so that is where I shall eat in a little while. In fact - right now!