“Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” –Mark Jenkins

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Day 19 – 23rd May 2009 – Saturday. Camping Paysan near Gan, France

Another traveller arrived last night, John from Durham, a psychiatric nurse with a passion for motorbike rallying. He is on his way to the Sierra de Javalambre, north of Valencia in Spain to take part in a 5-day rally starting on Sunday. He pitched his tent in record time and joined us for a couple of drinks and some evening chat about English current affairs and old cars. He retired about 10pm in order to get an early start for the last leg of his journey tomorrow.
We got our first glance at the mountains this morning when the mist finally cleared to reveal a run of snow-capped peaks beyond the woods we had been looking at all evening – an awesome sight, if not a little daunting. Has Bee really got enough gears to get over those?
Only two problems with this place; 1) cold showers, and 2) the constant stream of flies buzzing about us; they are everywhere, it’s a struggle to keep all the food covered – and there aren’t that many cupboards French baguettes will fit into in this van! Maybe it’s the horse casserole we have bubbling away on the stove – smells gorgeous, just hope it tastes ok.
Ps: Ant will now be known as ‘Teabag’ since the tiniest of bugs landed on his arm today causing him to throw his entire mug of tea into his lap – I nearly wet myself ….. in sympathy of course.

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