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    Day 1.345 – A Make-Over of Superman Proportions (UK)

    Capendu -> Castelnaudary
    Distance (km) : 62
    Time on bike : 3h 55m
    Brutto time: 09.00 – 17.40
    Avg : 15.7 km/h
    Max.speed: 32.9
    Total (km) : 60.033
    Altitude: 100 m
    Difficulty: 2

    Wild camp near Capendu, southern France.

    Putting my tent down in the pannier, all wet from condensation and morning snow, doesn’t do any good to my mental hygiene. But there’s no way of drying my tent in this weather. It’s another cold morning and I don’t feel like cycling today.

    Snowy morning!

    WT Hall of Fame 🙂

    Early morning self-portrait from my camp...

    Since I entered France a few days ago, I’ve realized that I’m not really properly equipped for this winter cycling/camping, being outside in below-zero temperatures 24/7, trying to keep both warm and dry. So in Carcassonne I find the local Decathlon (French outdoor gear super-size me supermarket) and find myself in a rare shopping frenzy. I end up with the follwing in my basket:

    Full-body bike bib pants
    Fleece balaclava
    Mittens (ohh, these will soon become my best friends)
    Winter socks
    Neoprene bike shoe covers

    It’s a 100 euros but I force myself not to care too much. This is about physically being able to do my business (pedaling) in relative comfort in this cold weather.

    I disappear into the toilet for disabled to get changed and reappear some 15 minutes later. It’s a complete make-over that even Superman would’ve admired. Nice and comfy and toasty. For now.

    Shopping time in Decathlon!

    I pass 60.000 km west of Carcassonne – it’s the last “big” milestone birthday in WT history, but I’m in no celebration mood/mode and just take the usual self-portraits and continue the annoying fight against the icy headwind.

    On this day..


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