For stage 12, it rained. They did various things like modifying the course for the race, which I really didn’t think they needed to do. This wasn’t hail, or lightning, it was just rain. I have to admit though, there was rather a lot of it.
I wanted to start early so I could finish early and then catch a train for the transition to stage 13. I got up early and as I stepped out of the door the first drops began to fall. Just light, gentle drops. All the same, to be safe, I put the rain covers on my panniers. I also put on my rain jacket, since the start was downhill anyway.
The rain slowly increased. Slowly but steadily. And didn’t stop. I am fairly sure I rode through some spectacular places, but I didn’t see them. And I certainly didn’t stop to photograph them, sorry!
The guys from grandtoursproject.com pulled up for a chat at one point, and asked if I could see anything at all. At the time I replied “not much”, but visibility did get worse from there. So much so that I missed a direction arrow at one point. I don’t know if it was missing, or hidden by a truck as I went past, or if it was just raining too hard, but somehow I didn’t see it, which meant lost time figuring out where I was and how to get back on course. If I ever stay in a place with an internet terminal I will create courses for the remaining stages that I can put on the garmin, but I can’t do it from my phone.
Anyway, after a bit of backtracking I was back on course and headed for the finish. It was a very short stage, so I made it to the train station early and got to the next stage.
I started riding it straight away, looking for a hotel as I went. I found one, which was good, because it turns out the rain covers for the panniers aren’t working so well. Actually, they may as well not be there.
Everything I have with me was soaked through. The clothes I was wearing were actually dryer than what had been in the panniers. My sleeping bag was soaked.
Every time I shopped yesterday I took the bags they offered, so for stage 13 things will be in bags within the panniers. Hope it helps, because there will be more rain!
Stage 13 is a very long one, so I best get cracking. Here is the livetrack link.
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