” O bother” said Mole (I think)
Just as he was a bit tired of being confined in an enclosed space, so team jeep began to flounder and at Briare, Sir G. came down from his perch and Dina and I parted company.
The next morning in my sopping wet tent, before going off to find maps, I was contemplating Chartres, with a sort of “but doesnt the Loire look lovely?” in a slightly dejected sort of Ratty and boats and rivers, kind of way. Within moments of switching my phone back on, a text arrived (with such impeccable timing) from Francois Pianist en Liberté. (check out my post of 28th Dec, entitled ‘ Pianist en Liberté’…. We met in Sicily!) I had only the day before been wondering whether he was back from New Zealand!
” hi Jenny I’ ve seen on your blog that you ‘re not far from my home!? It would be a real pleasure to invite you at La Montagne near Nantes.
Obviously, the Loire then!! Grin!
Tarmac, level ground, lush scenery, a deep sandy mistake, ending in eye-level nettles and the inevitable U-turn….. back to the familiar saddle…. although I have to confess, it feels ever so hard after such a comfy passenger seat.
Briare, Orleans, Saumur with a sneaky little train ride to manage a little more distance as I am feeling a bit washed out and the pulled muscle from the big climb in Greece has just started to twinge again.
Newly weds, Camille and Pierre as they embark on their honeymoon trip along the length of the Danube.
On the road today, I found myself suddenly surrounded by a happy gathering including 2 laden cyclists. Camille and Pierre, married just yesterday are setting off with their neatly laden bikes to ride along the Danube. Their lovely friends are waving them off and they are embarking on their ‘Adventure’ you can imagine the warmth of feeling as we briefly exchanged greetings, blog addresses and ” Bon Voyage “. What a fitting event just as my journey is coming to a close, to be able to wish this lovely couple well as they start out on theirs.
I am sitting in a riverside restaurant drafting this for later on and sniffing and blowing into the bright green napkins, to the consternation of the next door table! Hay fever and emotion are making my eyes decidedly red and puffy!
(For anyone who doesn’t know, ‘Wind in the Willows’ is a classic children’s book, whose central characters are Mole, Ratty, Toad and Badger…. of course it’s really for grown ups who aren’t quite there yet…..)
And to Dina, a huge thanks for your immense contribution, hilarious humour and superb driving.
I hope it won’t be too long before you are back in the warmth of Greece. Safe travels.