Friday, August 31, 2012
Day 3 - Wisques to Bruay-la-Buissiere
Supposedly 53 kms but with getting lost and retracing my steps..73 kms
But an awesome day. Body and legs and mind all in synch. No demons since the first night. Biggest issue is navigating out of the towns. This day is my kind of ride. Small back roads all tarred, gently rolling hills, sun shining but cool, easy going glorious to be in the French countryside. Stopping occasionally in small villages for an Orangina, a lightly fizzy, cold orange juice! Fantastic.
Lesson. Pay very very careful attention to the guide book. Miss one small item and it costs you in retracing the route
As I was leaving the Ferry in Calais I met George, an Englishman taking a week to ride around Northern France, just because he could. nice guy and we had a good chat. Imagine both of our surprise when passing through Therouanne, who should I see cycling towards me, shirtless as only an Englishman would be, but George. So we stopped and exchanged experiences. While I was struggling through the mud and aforementioned PS he had covered many miles west and south of Calais and was heading back home already. Nice to meet you George. Thanks for keeping an eye on the blog.