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Day 2 : Puy Marie

The weather was decent when we woke up. Apparently, my pegs had fallen out of my pannier last night because I found them lying in the dirt. It was nice to know I would have an actual tent to sleep in. During last vacations, it had always been fun to see other people watch Bram getting out of his bivy bag. I took some pictures of the process.

Bivy bag

Bram in his bivy bag

Bivy bag

Bram getting up

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One of the steep côtes

One of the côtes' descents had just been re-asphalted. There was a layer of gravel on the road, except where the cars had ridden. We had to be careful to stay in the gravel free area, otherwise we would slip away.

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Bram finds out the time, I also immediately knew what time it was.

Cycling through France

The entire day we cycled through this type of landscape.

The Puy Marie would be the only real mountain we had to climb in the first three days. It is well-known from the Tour de France, so that was nice. On the map, we could see there was a section with more than a 10% incline. The last two kilometers were also very steep. We ate some ice cream at the summit.

Puy Marie

Halfway up the Puy Marie

Cycling up th Puy Marie

Taking a break on top of the Puy Marie

During the descent I had some cars ahead of me. They drove about 50 km/h on the straight sections but were much slower than me in the corners. I passed them to save my break pads. We stopped for some food in the valley. People were traveling with donkeys, Bram and I agreed we should try that sometime.

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Bram said it was time to shave his legs, but that had more to do with his phone.

It had been sunny the entire day. During the evening the weather got worse. Exactly when we arrived at the campsite it started to rain. Fortunately, we managed to pitch everything before it got worse.

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This was everything we carried.


Near the front desk was a bench where we could stay dry. We talked a bit with the owner and a Belgian guest. They said the weather would get better the next day. 

Distance cycled : 131 km.

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