I knew exactly where I wanted to head to today - an excellent campsite I stayed at back in 2013. I knew it was going to be at least 80 miles, so I hit the road at bang on 07:30.
It was a glorious morning and the first time that everything was dry as I packed up.
I made my way back to the canal and had it all to myself at that early hour.
Just as I suspected, after about 10 miles, the surface was no longer tarmac. It wasn't too bad, but it became a bit tiresome, so I hit the road that pretty much follows the same route.
I went through a village and stopped off for the usual three breakfast items. I also got a nice cup of coffee to wash it down with
I continued on the road, occasionally nipping onto the canal path for a bit just for a change of scenery. It was much quicker on the road though and I had a bit of a tailwind, so I hit Carcassonne by lunchtime.
I rode around a bit to look at the sites then stopped off for a cheese, ham and salad baguette with an éclair chocolat for dessert.
After that I got the road to Narbonne. This road is fast as it's generally downhill and downwind, so I made good progress. I occasionally came off onto more minor roads for a rest from the traffic. But eventually the main road was my only choice, so I kept on it all the way to the campsite.
It was obscenely hot when I arrived (and still is) so I had a cold shower then decided to wash all my stuff as it will dry in no time.
By coincidence, a German guy who was staying at the same site as me last night has turned up! He's let me share his washing line (I didn't think to bring one) and we had a good chat about our travels.
I've just checked my 2013 blog for the time I was here before to see what I had for dinner. It looked good, so I can't wait to get down to the restaurant. It is definitely open - I checked 😋
Not sure where I'm heading tomorrow other than East. I think I'll take it easy. Might even stop early so I can go for a swim.