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    Day 1.368 – Kyra & Shadoz (UK)

    Bourges -> Gien
    Distance (km) : 77
    Time on bike : 4h 14m
    Brutto time: 11.00 – 16.45
    Avg : 18.2 km/h
    Max.speed: 40.1
    Total (km) : 60.642
    Altitude: 100 m
    Difficulty: 3

    Morning view from my hotel in Bourges...

    There’s live tennis on my little 14″ TV screen, snow’s falling outside my window, and I can think of a dozen of reasons for not leaving my comfy nest and hitting the road. But I can’t justify the 41 euro tag (and can’t/won’t rely on kind WT readers :-) ), so I get packed and head for the local outdoor shop (long live Decathlon) where I find a great pair of Merrell winter boots, half price, size 45 with ample room for x layers of socks to keep my toes warm (along with my new socks).

    Goodbye cold feet! These boots got the message: Keep this poor lad warm and toasty.

    Goodbye cold feet!

    Goodbye dance shoes.

    Old meets new...

    Hello Bigfoot.

    Voila!

    My new 1.5 kg boots make all the difference. It’s a pleasure not having to worry about keeping my extremities warm and for the first time in ages, it seems, I actually enjoy the ride today. Knowing I have a place to stay in Gien on the Loire River gives me a much needed mental comfort too…

    Winter north of Bourges, France.

    Frost in my forehead...

    La Loire River in Gien...

    Through Couchsurfing.com I got into contact with Laureline, a 26-year-old psychologist that lives in Gien with her two cats, Kyra & Shadoz, in an apartment overlooking the Loire River. Laureline makes me feel at home right from the start and hanging out with her and her cats feels just great. French hospitality rules supreme (and thanks a lot for putting me up, Laureline!)

    Laureline and the quiche lorraine...

    Kyra, the chubby beauty...

    The beautiful view over La Loire from the living room.

    La Loire from the window of my host Laureline...

    Dinner with couchsurfing host Laureline in Gien, France.

    On this day..

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