For the first time on this trip, today I dug out one of the paper maps I had brought along and inserted it into the clear map pocket on the handlebar bag. I had not needed them for navigation until now, but a main road I did not fancy cycling along, caused me to dig them out to see better what other options I had. It was a great idea! I could obviously see how all the roads intertwined and plotted a route around the main road. Having the wider visual display also gave me a chance to see what things and places I was passing close to. I don't know why I didn't think to do that before, I guess I just wanted to see if I could get away with just the Sat Nav alone. Whilst I'm sure I could, the map does make it much easier to change course and pick alternate directions - they will be staying on display from now on.
Lots of climbing today and during the last 30km I really began to struggle. The weather steadily got worse over the course of the day and the cycle eventually become a slog to reach camp. I took an energy gel sachet and again felt if kick in within a few minutes - amazing things those. By the time I did reach the campsite, the reception was closed as it was after hours but they are also closed every Wednesday anyway as it happens - I didn't even know it was Wednesday! But, I set up camp anyway and just figured I would pay in the morning. I cycled into the town after setting up to get food and after cooking dinner I spent the rest of the evening listing to tunes on the iPod. I decided also to spend the day tomorrow in St. Valery en Caux as it looks like such a nice little harbour town.
|They have a Brighton too.|
|And some white cliffs.|
|Cycling the coast of Europe - you can't really get much closer to the coast than this.|