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Loire and south

Heading south down the coast in a complete mix of weathers. Cool breezes, often the dreaded headwind makes getting the appropriate clothing layers difficult. Regular stops to dress or undress, check the map etc make for a slow but steady start to the day. The mid morning stop for coffee and pain au raisin are always anticipated keenly as a sort of second breakfast. Keeps the tanks topped up.
Pornic on the coast where we spent Saturday night after crossing the Loire was a welcome opportunity for a hot shower after a previous days of cold cat washes or dips in streams.
Sunday headed south and east following small roads on the map, navigating from town to village to village along small Deparmental roads trying to keep track of road numbers. These change periodically as we cross Departmental boundaries and so keeps us checking the map regularly, also to remind ourselves of the next village we are supposed to be heading for.

Ken had logged on to the cycling site "Warm showers" ( a site for touring cyclists, a bit like couch surfing) early in the day and we were delighted to get an invitation from one of the hosts on the site who was on our route to come and stay. It turned out to be a long 130km day when we finally arrived, but a warm welcome, the warm shower, a meal and a bed all made it very worthwhile and our hosts were equally welcoming.


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