I probably don’t need to tell you that camping is more difficult in the rain. What you might not know, but can guess, is that it’s even more difficult when you’re cycling everywhere and living out of panniers. Apart from the few hours spent on the bike, today has been utterly miserable.
The route out of Aix-les-bains, like the one that leads into it, is a lovely clear cycle path alongside a relatively quiet road. The path continues into the next major town, Chambery. It is a quiet tree-lined route, and despite the rain was full of runners and cyclists.
Things changed when I got to the Parc Chartreuse proper. I realise now that I was continuously climbing. Every turn saw a new ascent. Even the flats were false flats. Things got so bad that I got off the bike and span by hand my front wheel, in case it was caught on something that was stopping it. It wasn’t.
But then the good stuff – the rain cleared, the road ran downhill for a good 10kms and I had a rest, thinking once again that this cycling business isn’t so bad after all.
I’m staying in a beautiful little town called Saint Laurent Du Pont, in a valley, surrounded by mountains. But alas since arriving the rain has hammered on the roof of the tent. There is nothing much to do, nothing much to see. This isn’t how it was supposed to happen.
But let’s be optimistic. Tomorrow promises sunny spells, even full-blown sunshine. It will make all the difference. Night all.