Saturday 5th November 2011

Sat 5. Bitche to Pforzheim, Germany. 84 miles. Nice ride through the forests along the French German border, made a nice change to day, no rain and no wind. The first 2 to 3 hours were nice and flat, I knew it was to good to last and it didn’t, I had to go up a col at 432 metres, but it wasn’t too bad, also rode up along the Rhine to Karlsruhe. Not too sure about the German roads they don’t seem to have many road numbers just where the road goes, which is a bit difficult for me as most of the names don’t exist on my map due to it’s large scale! Dinner was nice tonight, they seem to give you bread as standard with a dip or spread, tonight it tasted like beef dripping, lovely not had that for ages.

Friday 4th November 2011

Fri 4. Perl-Sinz to Bitche. 77 miles. Took my time getting started this morning, it was blowing a gale and raining! Luckily it only lasted an hour or two then the sun came out. Nice ride for part of the day along the river Saar apart from the puncture. It was nice to ride along a flat surface for a few miles. Back in France tonight for the last time, I then enter Germany and continue through to Austria! This rides a bit harder than I thought, mainly due to the hours of daylight, it’s ok riding in the dark in the morning because you now it’s going to get light but when it gets dark so early it’s not nice! Also had a strong headwind every day so far. The day finished with rain again!

Wednesday 2nd November

French countryside
Autumn colours in the French countryside

Wed 2. Le Nouvion to Margut 81 miles. Much better day today despite nearly riding head long into a lorry first thing, that’s two mornings on the trot now, maybe it’s my medication! Very hilly ride to start with and very foggy, it’s so dark in the mornings, it doesn’t get light until about 7.30 and I like to be on the road by 6 am. The sun came out this afternoon, just need to get rid of that headwind that I’ve had since entering France and it will all be good. Don’t like these short days it just gets dark so early. The campings not going so well there doesn’t seem to be many campsites around or if there is, their always to soon to stop, then it just gets to dark to find them, so I’ve sort of decided that if a campsite comes up when I’m ready to stop all well and good if not it’ll be anything else, ie hotel, motel or auberge! Hopefully the extra cost incurred can be clawed back in Asia! Think I was getting a bit ahead of myself today, I was thinking about my next tour!!

Tuesday 1st November 2011

Tues 1 Nov. Seclin to le Nouvion 71 miles. Cold start this morning, didn’t get off to the best of starts today, ended up on the wrong side of the road, only realised it when I came to a roundabout and got tooted by a car coming towards me! The day didn’t get much better, had a strong headwind all day, then it started to rain at about lunchtime, I’d had enough by four! Stopped off at the first place I came across. A nice little auberge with a very nice proprietor, she brought me a 3 course meal and some beer to my room, as they were off out for the evening!