Wind at my back!
Ooh you lovely people. When I hopped on the bike this morning it was freezing cold with a strong Northerly wind blowing right through me. I donned my raconteur's (thats my new French word) cape and headed for Peronne. I was amazed at how well I was cycling. averaging over 23kms over hill and dale. That Superman Cape was starting to look good Christine! Peronne came and went and i'm racing towards Tergnier which was my planned stop for the night, when I saw a sign directing towards the South African Delville Wood Memorial. I turned to go investigate and hit the full force of the wind head on. Suddenly I'm battling to ride 10kms per hour. Anyway much to my disappointment the memorial was too far off track. How fantastic though to turn again with the wind at my back. I arrived in Tergnier at 14:30 and decided to press on. Took me 2 hours to get out of the town and on to the right road. There is a nice highway between Tergnier and Laon but cyclists are not allowed on it. No one, it seems, knows the back routes. Fortunately a lady running a betting shop seemed to know and she set me on the right track. I then followed the guide book route through some farmland and forest track and then on the tarred country roads and I made it to Laon around 19:30. The last 10 km's were exhausting as the hills become very steep and Laon is on top of one! So bad I gobbled my last pack of jelly babies completely :(