Day 10 - back in France

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September 5th 2010
Published: September 5th 2010
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In Perpignan to be exact. Actually in North Perpignan to be exacter. To be exactest I am in the Ibis hotel in the middle of a hotel district, which has all the charm of a parking lot really. Arrived just after half seven after another 8 hours of cycling (115 miles) in 30+ degrees, saying my final farewell to the Pyrenees with another couple of climbs. Andorra is genuinely just one long hill, topping out at 2,400m with an amazing 30km descent into Ax les Thermes once you're over the French border.

My triumphant 100km descent into Perpignan didn't quite pan out as expected, partly because I didn't pay enough attention to the profile of the map beforehand, but primarily due to a strengthening easterly breeze. In the end I was struggling to keep pace with a tourist train running along-side me, doing roughly 17mph much to the amusement of those on board.

From memory, Monday and Tuesday are short and flat which hopefully means I can get my bike to a workshop (it seems to increasingly take issue with steering) and myself to the beach for a few hours. Like a proper holiday...

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6th September 2010

I totally don't feel sorry for you!
Hi Craig, guess who! Hope you're having lots of achey fun and don't have to use your cream too much. Everyone is doing good and there's a tube strike tomorrow! We have complete faith in you and know that you're going to do great going up all the hills etc, have fune!xx
6th September 2010

Craig you are an absolute mental person, i am so so impressed at how well you're doing. just looking at your pictures and reading your blog makes me exhausted, keep going and WELL DONE!! xxx ps. i am jealous of your ferret experience

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