01.Mar.2013

Mar 1, 2013

Distance today = 52.01 km; Total distance = 17,263.43 km; Location = Verdalle – 43 30.422′ N, 02 09.364′ E; Start time = 0850, Finish time = 1719

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Another productive, although reasonably uneventful day. The weather has been kind to me the past few days. Since the snow, the temps have warmed up a bit, and there’s been no rain.

For the third day in a row, I passed open air markets in the first town I went through, early in the morning. I called Carmel to let her know. She stopped at these markets again, only to find the same guy who makes paella was there. That’s a span of 100 km between the first and third towns. He really gets around. However, we decided against having paella for a third consecutive day.

Just after midday I reached the town of St Felix Lauragais. There were some truly old buildings there, and I imagine the place looks much like it did in medieval times. From there, it was on to Revel and Soreze, where we stayed in 2011 at a thousand year old former abbey. I finished the day 11 km further on, near the town of Verdalle.

I’m not normally one to air a gripe on the blog, but I will today. We found out this afternoon that the data (internet) on our phones will not work. Apparently internet does not work with SFR sim cards on i-Phones. This is despite SFR selling us the cards with the assurance that the data would be working within two hours. That was one week ago. It turns out it was never going to work. SFR – one of France’s main phone companies – is either dishonest or incompetent. In my role as a consumer watchdog for travellers, I would advise you never to use SFR when in France. And, despite the company having hundreds of offices all over the country, they will only give us our money back if we go to the office we bought the cards from – more than 350 km away. That’s not going to happen, so the upshot is that the tracker, amongst other things, will not be working while I’m on the road in France. The best I can do is send out a signal via the hotel wifi at the end of the day.