We packed up in the wet! I hate packing up in the wet! Everything gets filthy
and it really feels very demoralising. We packed up slowly and by the time we
left the camp site at 1100 the rain had stopped, the sun had come out and it
was very warm....... we left anyway, disappointed that we hadn't had chance
to walk some of the GR10, ah well, next time!
Off for warmer climes, we headed to Millau which, no doubt some of you will
know is the location of the fancy big viduct that spans a gorge and is 1km
above the valley (at the highest point). The drive was fine, Tom Tom
navigated perfectly even we defied it's superior knowledge and followed the
road signs through a town which obviously had had a pretty intricate one way
system but now had a by pass that the TT didn't know about. We drove into the
sun (hurrah!) and when we got to Millau were very impressed by the scenery -
there should be some photos by the time I get to post this! We are surrounded
by cliffs and there seem to be paragliders jumping off most of them :-)
We only had the address for the camp site that we were aiming for so when the
TT announced that we had "reached our destination" we took it at it's word
and pulled into the gates of the camp site, booked in, found the pitch,
erected the tent and then Claire went to the facilities and came back stating
that, "had I seem those before we'd pitched we wouldn't be staying!" - to cut
a short storey shorter we'd stopperd about 500m short and were on the wrong
site so we decided to eat out and break camp the next morning moving to the
correct camp site. Then we went for a walk to see what the camp site should
have been like and it was 100 times better than the one we were on.....
still, that'll teach us to take notice of the name of the site in the guide
book. The night time was uneventful until the early hours of the morning when
the dripping started........ drip, drip (no rain outside, I couldn't figure
out what was going on until the sun came up and we could see just how much
condensation there was on the outer of the tent!) - it took until 1100 to dry
it out and then only with it turned inside out and spread over the car :-(
We moved to the right site and pitched, bought food, chilled, eat, chilled,
went for a little pootle on the bikes, chilled and enjoyed the
There are Buzzards and Falcons all around us. I was watching a pair of
buzzards yesterday when I realised that there were actually 6 in the air at
once and then a Falcon past by as well......... fantastic!
We'll probably do little more canoing while we are here, as well as some
paragliding IF we can find a place doing it for a decent price - that might
yeild some decent pictures! If it does you'll see them on the site.
At least it's warm and dry here, I was begining to think a wet suit might
have been a good idea......
Ian and Claire