|Distance||160.00 kms||99.42 miles|
|Climbed||568 meters||1,864 feet|
|Ride time (hours)||7.44||-|
|Avg speed||21.4 kph||-|
|Distance||457.46 kms||283.97 miles|
|Climbed||1,944 meters||6,378 feet|
|Ride time (hours)||24.54||-|
Monday, December 10th, 2018
I ate so much the last few days I feel a bit queasy this morning getting on the bicycle. I know I only have a few hours of hills before I get to the flat canal paths so I'm not too worried about it.
The sky is a grim gray with the occasional sprinkle. Not too cold, I'm lucky to have such weather in the winter.
In Moissac I stop for a coffee. From here on out I'll be on the canal paths for the rest of the day. I roll out of the town properly caffeinated for a mindless auto-pilot ride for the rest of the afternoon.
I reach the center of Toulouse around 3pm. With 120km already under my belt and a couple of hours of daylight to go, it's looking good for a big mileage day. I pick up some supplies for dinner. I plan on camping near the same écluse I staye at on the way up.
I was a litte too optimistic about my energy levels: at 5pm I'm bonking but I've still got 10 kilometers to go to make the pond across from Avignonet-Laragais. My right knee is feeling strained, I'm tired, I'm hungry; I just want it to be over with. There's no good camping spots here though so I just suck it up and grind on.
At last I reach the pond at dusk. I already know the spot where I want to camp so there isn't too much fumbling around. I throw up the tent, jump inside and make dinner. The temperatures drop precipitously after nightfall. I'm satisfied with my 160km effort on this short winter day; well-positioned to make Narbonne by tomorrow night.