Third day and learning lots

· 2 min read · france

A late rise today as I didn't sleep too well last night with the rain. I was adamant that I heard a group of three to four people walk past last night, but no tracks this morning. I must have dreamt it! The tent was soaking when I packed it away, which isn't great for the tent. Should be OK if I dry it out at lunch or this evening.

When it comes to packing up, I have now figured out that packing my panniers when attached to the bike doesn't work for me. I can't pack items efficiently so they fill the bag uniformly, so not everything fits. I now pack the panniers off the bike then attach to the bike. Slower but it works.

I pulled up by a river in a town for lunch and the local wildlife joined me!

Parked my Honda CRF250L next to some ducks in France.

Saw blue flashing lights behind me today... ambulance... phew; for me at least. I have all the bits that the French law require, but I'd prefer not to go through the motions.

Followed the sat nav onto a toll road today. That cost me 2.41 euros! Nice road, I guess, but I've now set the sat nav to avoid toll roads.

My phone struggles to get signal. I'm connecting from the countryside, which would explain it; however, it happened in a town today.

Used the water purifier for the first time on this trip. It was from a flowing stream in a vacated livestock field. I wouldn't have risked it without my water purifier.

French bikers have a different greeting when riding. In the UK, a node is very common. Some love it; some hate it. In France, it's a hand wave (sometimes used in UK) with two fingers sideways like a sideways V sign. Hadn't encountered it in the UK, so new to me!

Made an embarrassing mistake in the supermarket today... I forgot to weigh the fruit! The lady behind me in the queue very kindly escorted me to the scales whilst the lady at the till very patiently waited for me. I was incredibly grateful to both of them!

Found a wild camping spot within 10-15 minutes from pulling off main road. Super quick! One side of my tent is in view of tractors on the fields about 0.5-1 mile away. This turned out not to be a good spot because a vehicle drove by just before I went to bed. They didn't stop. I didn't get out the tent to look. Definitely perturbed and heart was racing! Nothing became of it, but I need to be more out of site next time! Anyway, the land was very flat and the next morning I watched the sunrise.

A sunrise in France.

Only my third day on this journey—I am learning lots!

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