Last night was a most tempestuous night with thunder and lightening and heavy rain that went on for hours! This morning things were slightly improved but still wet. We packed up our bags and loaded up the car after breakfast and headed off to Lavaur to watch the end of a stage for a change. We decided to firstly go to the beach so that we could see the Mediterranean Sea. So we headed off to Sete, a town built on an extinct volcano on the Med. What a crazy town, full of tourists, cars everywhere, narrow little roads - complete mayhem!
As fast as possible given the traffic jams everywhere we headed out of town and along the coast where we finally found a beach to stop at. We were lucky that it was sunny but the wind was terrible, so we didn't bother going for a swim, just paddled
We then carried on our merry little way and at midday I made a strategic error by pulling into a restaurant on the side of the road so I could go to the toilet and we could have a quick bite to eat, sadly 'quick' wasn't in their vocabulary so an hour or more later we finally managed to pay them and get going again.
Traffic was a big problem today, tomorrow (July 14) is of course the National Day of France, Bastille Day. So lots of people were taking off on a long weekend, so along with a series of roadworks it took ages to get to Lavaur. As a result we got there with very little time to park and make it to the finish line. Just after we left the car it absolutely poured with rain so within minutes we were drenched. Then of course we had no chance of finding a good spot near the finish line as it was 3-4 people deep so we wandered down the road until we finally found a spot with a glimpse. Probably the least satisfying spot we've had so far, put us off arrival destinations a bit.
We did manage to get a glimpse of some of the presentations at the end of the race, well Dave did, I was too short!
We then had what should have been a reasonably manageable drive to our B&B at the start of the Pyrenees, unfortunately Mrs Garmin decided that we needed to see the center of Toulouse (France's 4th largest city), she chose to take us there in peak rush hour traffic. So that along with the people going on holiday and roadworks meant that it took probably more than an hour longer than it should have to get here. We stopped for a quick bit to eat for dinner at what looked like a really nice Quebec style restaurant, but after nearly 20 mins they hadn't taken our order so we left and got takeaway pizza instead!
Life on the road can be challenging some days!
Anyway, Dave is as thrilled as anything to be in the Pyrenees and is really looking forward to the start of the real hill sections of the TDF tomorrow.