Day six 72m/115k. Cum 300m/480k
Long hot day. I set off in mist with my light on but it was already clear it was going to burn off and be a scorcher. (I did of course wipe my feet on the palace mat one last time prior to departure. 3-0, could easily have been 6)
Weather by far the warmest so far and apparently the warmest day here since last August. I hit the Loire at lunch time, five days of cycling from Hertfordshire( 2.5 in UK, 2.5 in France) not too bad given all the weight on the bike.
Pushed on from lunch to Saumur, It remained surprisingly bumpy terrain with a real killer of a hill at the hottest part of the day. Final 30k next to the river so flat, just as we'll as I was pretty knackered.However i still managed to overtake a crowd of very merry French who had clearly been sampling the local produce. They even applauded which is pretty difficult on a bike.
Only one choice for dinner that does not involve a long walk. Pretty basic and I am not convinced the meat I had was beef. The Tesco Value Burger van out the back and the fact that Saumur is an equestrian centre did nothing to reassure me. Still, I was so hungry it went down well,
Rest day tomorrow, I need it. Great chateau to spend it in too.