Mar 3, 2013

Distance today = 51.63 km; Total distance = 17,368.16 km; Location = St Affrique – 43 57.325′ N, 02 51.491′ E; Start time = 0901, Finish time = 1713


I awoke this morning feeling a bit below par. Perhaps yesterday’s big day of climbing took some of the zip out of me? It made today somewhat more difficult than usual, and I’m feeling quite tired now.

While yesterday entailed more than a thousand metres of uphill, today involved a similar amount downhill. As I’ve said before, it’s the downhill that destroys your legs.

The course through the mountains was very pretty, and included the town of Belmont sur Rance, with it’s church built in 1515.

I finished at Domain du Vern, in the town of St Affrique. We stayed here in 2011, along with Jenny, Jo, and Dave. On that occasion, we very much enjoyed meeting the hosts, Laurence and Stephane, and we’re looking forward to dinner with them tonight.

We also experienced great hospitality last night in Lacaune, at Le Relais de Fusies, where Renaud, Veronique, and Petra made us feel at home. They even gave us various presents to leave with.