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Today's stage: Carcassone to Olargues
Distance 94.2 km
Finally I'm with it. I've got organised and remembered to keep the informative day sheet.
The Aussies turn out to be super strong, super fit and super nice. They are in a different league from most of us so they whizz past but they ...
... descending from the Pyrenees to join us. This is akin to the Norman Conquest. We are being invaded! At dinner we remain separated as groups, though I note that Kathleen and David have reached out immediately and joined the newbies. Americans are just so welcoming.
Vicky redeems the cap situation by awarding it to both Don and Harold for being the oldest and most respected members of our group. Phew.
... instruct on the directions to the nearest petrol station. lots of one way streets and round abouts later, we find what we need. This exercise has taken 30 mnutes, so we are running short of time.
To get from the train station to the centre of Avignon is another train, and it only runs once per hour, so we loose another 40 minutes there.
Anyway, long and short of it all, Bruce sits in a cafe while I run off to find the market, which turned out to be more of a ...
... but the flies are a bugger.
Most of the locks today were doubles or trebles, so weve dropped down lots today.
It really is the busiest day on the canal there seem to be 4 different companies opperating in this area, I am sat opposite a charter base with about 30 boats parked today, the canal and local towns and villages seem to need the income these companies generate locally.
Anyway enough prattling got to clean the boat and then myself, will write more later.
... store is in the form of a large barge permanently moored on the side of the canal and was not very large but we managed to pick a couple of things out to help the local economy. For lunch Loobie had squid and risotto cooked in squid ink, Leslie and Caz had a large salad with goats cheese and i had a boot leather sirloin steak which a local dog had a good share of. (Mangy looking thing) ...