Dog trouble.
And rain.

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It's not fully camping season. Finding an open campsite is a bit of a challenge. But I managed most of the times to find one. Despite the cold nights, another favourite returned. Dogs. They're never getting old and I never get used to them. After two almost bites, I decided to have a bit of a break and landed in Confolense. All the brits seem to live there. But they had great fish and ships.
Where the 330 kilometers took me
Sat, 15. Apr 2023
Day 39

Nice little bike ride. Sometimes it’s a bit shorter, actually too short, but always takes a bit of planning with the camp grounds. Yesterday, rest day. It was simply raining too much. Glad that I did this, I don’t need to torture myself. Going up north now, direction Tours.

Roads here are simply beautiful. Again some little hills, nothing wild. And vineyards, vineyards, vineyards. And the flowers are coming out for real, spring is coming.

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Sun, 16. Apr 2023
Day 40

By now I'm a camping pro. I do have my routine and can set up everything super quick. No more chaos in the tent. But it still can get cold. At least for me. 3 degrees is not exactly warm. I do have a layering concept on the upper body that I use day and night. @falke undershirt, @rapha merino turtleneck, @everlane jeans shirt, @akindofguise wool pullunder, a @snowpeak_official down jacket and a huge @babaa wool sweater. I think I cracked it for that weather. And yes. @manfantastic is for years my inspiration for layering. They had a fantastic editorial where they were just showing underarms and hands with different layers. That's what I'm aiming for. Always.

Bike ride was great great! Lots of green, lots of small hills. And a fun little surprise at my camping spot. A bird has nested in the electricity box. First time that I ever used one of these. I fear the eggs don't have a high chance of getting alive.

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Mon, 17. Apr 2023
Day 41

iseefaces. Well only one, but it summarizes how I feel today. Again beautiful streets, but today was actually a bit tough. A lot of up and down. Up not in a way where you get through with going down first, but where you're tempted to push. But not a real climb. Plus the wind, headwind. It doesn't end. I'm so curious whether wind is stable once I go West again. Quite likely not, instead of coming from NE it will turn to W. I'm sure. Oh well.

I'm staying in a little old/new camper today. Very nice. But was even better. I expected that I would not get any food at all. It's often the same. Once I see a supermarket I think it's still too far away from the finish line. And then comes. Absolutely nothing.

But my host made me a whole quiche Lorraine, a green salad, a great dessert, plus a meringue. Fully stuffed. Thank you!

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Tue, 18. Apr 2023
Day 42

What shall I say. My host told me that she was so scared of dogs when biking. I almost got a tad cocky and said something along the lines that I'm no longer that worried about them.

I started the day in a small bakery. And a little bit of an awkward scene happened. A German bike touring couple went as well to the bakery. I'm not too talkative in the morning and they were very cheerful. I had forgotten my phone in snack bag and wanted to get. I reached for the door and the guy tried to greet my by hand. Very strange. Very German. I got my pain au chocolat and started biking.

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Thu, 20. Apr 2023
Day 43

Short ride was planned. To Lussac-les-Chateaux. A small town, but with a train station. I hadn't any campground booked, but there was one there, so I thought that should be fine. I passed some municipal campgrounds, but they were all still closed. It seems that the ones further up north are not necessarily opening in April. And yes, the one I aimed to stay at was as well closed.

I got a last minute AirBnb at a closeby town, Montmorillon, just a little bit further. Seemed like a nice little town, with a preference with slightly strange sculptures.

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Mood: happy :)