Trip Start May 22, 2009
197Trip End Feb 16, 2010
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Didn’t get a very early start this morning as there was so much to do! 1) listen for fish
Amazingly the sky was clear blue by 9am. The last few mornings it has taken until noon before the fog has burned off. We’re in for some scorching days ahead, but this is what we’ve been waiting for!
Decided to veer off the canal about 50km before Nantes. We were both getting sick of the gravel, and we didn’t want to go into the city anyways. What a difference the pavement made! Went from cruising along at 15 km/hr to 25! A very nice change as Brian was quite discouraged at our progress along the canal. Thought that we would be traveling much further distances each day.
In the meantime I worked at repairing a bit more gear. It’s been about 1500km since the last time, so I guess we were due. The toe-clip repair on the pannier bag didn’t even last the first day. But we have been surviving with tying it on, and then wrapping a bungee cord tightly around the bag to hold it in place against the frame. Brian busted through his waterproof clothing bag yesterday (don’t worry, we had a spare), so after tearing that apart we had some wonderful clips to work with. Sewing them together with some spare nylon cord made a great synch strap for the bag.
Our compression bags are also showing some wear. Brain is so good as compressing them as tight as possible that the material is beginning to rip. This is easily repaired with some more nylon chord as well. Hopefully this will last us for a little while longer!
Where I stayed
park picnic table