You know the Tour de France right. There’s a guy on a moped Zooming ahead of all the other cyclists making the pace for them. Well we have one of those guys but we haven’t seen him yet. He rides ahead and every useful looking type of shop/tasty food centre/ internet cafe he stops in and tells the owners that they shut it immediately or face a terrible penalty. He operates mainly on Sundays and Mondays to be fair but also operates on most other days for uncertain hours. Hence the lack of posts recently. It may be that everyone has iphones now or micropchips inserted in their eyelids so all the cybercafes have gone out of business. Anyhow a good rule of thumb of France is to assume everything is closed and then if anything is open its a bonus.
Jet has has some bike problems, a squeaky front wheel hub for those in the know, so this has slowed our progress. We are now camped near Clermont, on the way to Reims, waiting for the bike shop to open on Tuesday. A period of post departure exhaustion was followed by a prolonged period of pastry eating and swearing at Mr Moped. But the countryside has been gorgeous and the roads a joy to pootle along. Soon we will be swifter than an eagle and stronger than an ox and covered in sunblessed freckles.
Thanks for all your comments. You are all part of the gorgeous Tour de France crowd cheering us on by the side of the road. Mr Moped is running out of petrol, where as we have our legs -full of pastry. Will upload some photos when we we’ve worked out how to use these computer things.
xx j j