Wednesday, December 12th, 2018
First order of business this morning: coffee. I step out the door to an amazing sunrise - billowing pink cotton-candy clouds floating behind the Narbonne cathedral. I run back inside to grab my camera before resuming my trek to the café.
I unpack the bags, pulling out the wet tent, soggy sleeping bag, dirty clothes. All the camping gear gets hung from the mezzanine to dry. I take the bike apart for a deep cleaning in the courtyard. When I take the cassette off I realize one of the cogs is completely missing! Well that would explain the skipping chain; 7 cogs on an 8-speed cassette would have the gears floating around. I've destroyed a lot of bicycle components in my day but I've never seen a cog break clean off of a cassette. I suspect a manufacturing defect made the cog weaker.
I run down to Décathlon to purchase a new cassette and a new chain. Everything running smoothly after installation. That's it for this year's Foie Gras Fondo. The touring bike will go back into the basement until next year.