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    Day 1.344 – In Heaven There’s No Headwind (UK)

    Fitou -> Capendu
    Distance (km) : 75
    Time on bike : 5h 15m
    Brutto time: 08.30 – 17.30
    Avg : 14.1 (!) km/h
    Max.speed: 38.8
    Total (km) : 59.971
    Altitude: 100 m
    Difficulty: 4

    Today is a bit of a nightmare to me. I’m pestered by a bad and surprisingly cold headwind up along the flattish valley of the Canal du Midi towards Toulouse. The wind is an icy nastiness and it frustrates me all day long. The average speed of the day should indicate how much of an enemy it was.

    You can't tell the cold, can you?

    I see nothing but the white stripe ahead of me, trying to hide my face (or any naked flesh) from the exposure of the wind. December is usually the time of warm comfort with your loved ones. This one is different, and I wonder why I’m fighting the cold and wind when December could be so…different…so much warmer. The hardest part of today is to keep motivation from slipping away.

    ...or the headwinds?

    Fingers and toes are ice blocks most of the day. I scream and yell into the wind several times. Frustrated. Joyless. At dusk I turn off Hwy D6113 near Capendu village, and find a near-level spot on a private piece of land tucked away between pine trees and put up my camp.

    But it was cold!

    Lézignan-Corbieres, France.

    My body is hibernating like a winter bear these days, and at 7.30PM The Sandman comes and takes me away on a 12-hour long journey to the land of dreams. In Heaven there’s no headwind and it’s a blissful sleep.

    Vineyards near Capendu, southern France.

    WT Hall of Fame 🙂

    On this day..


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