Bicycle Touring Provence Day 2 – Woke Up In A Flooded Tent

Bicycle Touring Provence Day 2 – Woke Up In A Flooded Tent


Fun start to the second day of this bike tour! I was basically slepping in a puddle of mud and water I had to bail the tent and I’m now just waiting out the rain here in the restroom of the campground It’s raining like crazy now It’s been raining on and off the whole night With the thunder and lighning going all the time Hopefully this will end in an hour or two and I can get back on the bike, and hit the road again Forgot to bring my helmet inside of the tent last night It was lying in the vestibule. And look how it is right now in the morning I’m leaving the campground now I’m standing here in the centre of Grasse Grasse is considered the perfume capital of the world One of the perfumeries is right behind me, called Fragonard It’s not often that I have to push the bike. But this is one of those times If you look closely behind me you can see the campground around here somewhere And even though it’s just 7 kilometers down there I’ve already climbed almost 500 meters It was quite a tough climb to start the day with I’m pretty beat. I almost never push the bike But I think I’ve pushed the bike for 20 or 30 minutes now I’m finally on a more gentle slope upwards here, so finally I can cycle again The French are very kind toward cyclists I just got cheered on by a school police Down in this little town here Shouting “Allez, allez! Bravo, bravo!” when I was going by Left this little town now And we’re starting to climb again Seems like the theme of the day We’re going over this pass, taking that road up on that hill there Just passed this Col here, at about 1200 meters It has gotten really cold now According to my Garmin it’s just over 10 degrees Celcius We proabably got a pretty major descent in front of us I got to fetch my jacket from the pannier Since it’s going to be even colder the coming kilometers Stopped at a supermarket here to get some dinner I’m starting to freeze to death I think it’s below 10 degrees Celcius now I really have to find a campspot I’m not going to make it to Castellane that I was aiming to do today Next order of business: find a campspot The reason why I’m filming on this action cam instead of the G7X is because I have some really bad news I was taking a photo, just a couple of kilometers back here It was really windy The camera with the tripod blew over and fell to the ground The lens got pretty smashed I was able to kind of bend it back But it still don’t seem to be working as it should Once I get time I’m going to do some Googling and see if I can fix it Otherwise I’ll have to be relying on this camera instead for the rest of the trip Good evening! I’m camped out here in the forest I think I’m about 15 kilometers away from Castellane I had hopes of making it to Castellane tonight but since I got off to a pretty late start this morning due to some weather issues I’ll have to make up that time some other day I’m filming this now on my action cam Like I told you earlier my Canon G7x had a little accident The wind blew over the tripod and it got pretty banged up once it hit the asphalt I was able to re-adjust the lens But there seems to be some work left to do with the shutter Once I get some internet tomorrow I’m going to see if I can fix that as well In the meantime I’ll just have to film everything from this action cam instead I you’re only going to watch one of my videos I suggest you should watch the one coming up after this one I’m cycling through the Gorges du Verdon tomorrow Which is kind of Europe’s Grand Canyon I’ve been there once before, but that time by car At that time I wished I was there on a bike Because it will be a lot easier to stop now and then Finally I get to do it tomorrow There are these maybe 6-,7-,8-hundred meter deep ravines With a river going through it And like the day today it’s going to be a really tough day A lot of climbing I think I did almost 1500 meters of climbing today I’m assuming that tomorrow will be just as much But instead I’ll be rewarded with really nice views over the Gorges du Verdon Until next time, have a good one!