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Monday, 17 August 2015

Canal du Midi - Day 8

I was glad to be off from the scruffy wild camp. At a out 11:00 pm a herd of bikes arrived in the dark and set up tents nearby which was a bit scary. I met one of the party this morning and they were Spanish. He told me they had had a fair bit to drink that night.

Yesterday I met a Dutch guy on a year's sabbatical from his job in Montreal. He has cycled in England as far as Robin Hood's Bay and through France pulling a massive trailer.

It has been hot again all day and many of the famous plain trees have been culled because of a disease, so long stretches without shade, but the scenery is getting better and better with distant views of Languedoc hills on one side, and the edge of the Pyrenees on the other.

At Homps I found an info. office with a very helpful guy who spent ages trying to overcome his own faulty phone system and finally using his own mobile. He booked me into a chambre d'hôtes in Argent Minervois. Sorry the chronology is overlapping here and there on these last three posts.

I couldn't arrive until 3:00pm and on this shorter day was able to have a proper lunch of modules et frîtes.

The digs are in a massive modern house in its own grounds with huge beautifully tended gardens. Everything is immaculate for 50 Euros B and B.

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welshpaddler said...

Hi Conrad,

As I have mentioned we had 2 weeks very near to the lock at Homps. I borrowed a bike and cycled to Argent. Replicas from Homps you could buy a glass of rose for €1.50. They have done a good job of replacing the trees but it will be some years before they offer shade.

Sir Hugh said...

Welshpaddler - hi Bob. I stopped at the tourist info. at Homps and they were very helpful. It looks a good spot, but I had to march on being booked in a bit further on at Argens.

AlanR said...

At least waiting in the sun is better than the wind and rain. Especially with an Ice Cream.