mercredi 3 avril 2013

Day 5 - France cycling trip: Maroeuil - Amiens

I think the hill gods or the wind gods were with me today, because it just seemed easier.  I went south west from Maroeuil to Amiens.  The weather forecasted winds "NE" about 18 kph, so I thought it would be tough, but the winds seemed low and in my direction.

My friend Flector tissue gel also helped out my ankle. :-)

The day started out sunny but cold (note, you CAN get a suntan or burn even when it's just a few degrees above freezing :) ). By the end of the day it was overcast and sprinkling.

At some point,  my gps told me to take a road which was closed. Silly Garmin. A photo of the closed road is below.

I had the weirdest thought as I approached Amiens.  I had been solely on country roads for about 6 hours, and as I saw the buildings and signs of civilization up on the horizon,  it reminded me bizarrely of seeing the first hotels of Las Vegas, driving on the 15 from Los Angeles. Yet, Amiens is far from the blinking city of Las Vegas. Maybe I was just hallucinating from having to pee but not being able to find a place, for several hours. :-)

I tried to gorge myself with food today,  as a couple of people suggested.  But even after a long day of cycling,  I could only complete 57.2% of a footlong sub at Subway. I tried. :-)

Tomorrow I will head out to Beauvais.  I have to leave early (8am) because the hotel staff have put my bike in a conference room for the night, and there is a conference tomorrow morning at 8.

Note that the photos here are in no particular order. I'm using the Blogger app to post these blogs, and this app has a mind of its own. You can see the timestamps in most of the pictures.  These are placed there by an app I found called Evidence Cam. It seems to be geared towards cops (or wannabe cops or nosy neighbors) , but it's pretty handy for tourism, as it also adds the location the photo was taken. The timestamps are in GMT though.

8 commentaires:

  1. That's one advantage guys have over girls out on tour: guys can pee pretty much anywhere, and in fact, most of the time a guy doesn't even have to get off his bike.

    Sounds like you are getting into the rhythm of the ride, Carmen.

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    1. Hahaha I actually saw a guy doing his business today. He wasn't a cyclist though. He had pulled his car over and he was standing facing a wall for a few moments, then he was adjusting his pants. Yep. Looks like a pee pee break to me :-)

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  2. Hi, Carmen:
    Amiens has a beautiful cathedral, but I know that you are not much for touring, as far as time and energy goes.
    I hope you finished your big sandwich on the road. hahaha
    Well, little by little, you are getting ahead quite well.
    Take care.
    I love you
    Papa

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    1. I didn't get to see the cathedral. Well, you've seen one you've seen 'em all, right? (kidding) (sort of) :-)

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  3. Wait...what??? The only thing I got out of this blog post was that you are biking through France and you ate at Subway???!!!??? WTF???

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    1. Haha true :) Well you can't have foie gras and croissants every day.I was actually craving McDonald's today! But I think I'll go to the steak house I saw next to the hotel. Not too French either, but I think a big juicy steak and a large baked potato will do me good! :-)

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  4. This reference is probably lost on you but when I saw the sign "region Picardie" the first thing that came to mind was "Make it so" but then again, Jennifer and I have been making our way through Star Trek: The Next Generation over the last few months. Glad you're having a good time on your ride! Are you preparing for the Tour de France (official)?

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    1. Haha captain Picardie huh? Maybe if I start doping I can qualify for the tour de France :-)

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