If you want an example of a) French hospitality and b) the touring ‘community’ then the fact that I am typing this on a borrowed laptop in someone’s house whilst they have gone out speaks volumes. The fact that my hosts three children are also here too shows that distrust of strangers isn’t (and shouldn’t be) the norm.
It’s been an interesting time since Nantes. My first warmshowers host Quentin was great and I spent a really relaxed day off wandering the streets of Nantes. A short hop to the coast and then a couple nights in the tent and my second warmshowers host Damien was also fantastically hospitable. I am not sure what the chances of them both being vegetarian was but it made life very easy.
Now after another night in the tent and my longest day in the saddle (75 miles). I am at my third host Rachel’s house which she shares with her three children and Ernesto the cat. I am really glad that I’ve been using warmshowers as the weather since Nantes has been pretty terrible with days of rain or very heavy showers. At least in the last couple of days the wind has died down.
After tonight though it’s probably the tent until I reach the bottom corner of France around Biarritz although both Quentin and Damien advocated knocking on doors for somewhere to pitch it and as a way to meet people. I’m not sure I have the confidence for that yet. I’m not going to ride more long days either. With the weather forecast to be slightly better but still not great I think it’s time to ease back, take my time and admire the view.
Now I better work out how to broach the vegetarian subject in French when my host returns.