Yep. After a slightly anxious evening of staring at my phone and waiting for a call Mamma and Pappa Laker are tucking into a pizza and a tinny of Heineken each at their hotel in Parthenay. (Mum’s picking the ham off hers – Mum and Dad evidently don’t know how to say ‘vegetarian’ in French (‘végétarian‘!?)
At 8 pm this evening I got a message to say that they were still pedaling and had 14 km to go. By 9 pm Lee & I were chatting to a pair of hi-viz clad loons grinning at the thought of pizza on on the way and sailing through a 220 km day (with 2090 m of climbing).
The day got off to a minor disaster when, instead of hitting ‘Do Course’ on Garmin, Dad hit ‘Delete’.
Cue fumbling with their back up sheets of paper in the unrelenting headwind – yep, it’s still blowing. My ever optimistic Mother saw the bright side and said that the wind was their best navigation aid as they at least had a warning that they were going the wrong way whenever it was blowing them along.
There were many more positives reported today than the previous two stages, 4 in fact:
- It only rained a bit.
- The headwind actually served a useful purpose.
- Mum’s dodgy toe enjoyed a liberating day in sandals and so is now significantly less painful (the prayers and/or crossed fingers worked people – thank you!)
- They had a whole half an hour off the bike for lunch and enjoyed a plate of salmon and spaghetti by the Loire river – now that almost sounds like they’re actually on holiday!
Tomorrow’s stage takes the epic tandem duo yet further south to Yireux. I ask everyone to please will the sodding wind to change! (And Dad, pay full attention to your Garmin tomorrow morning!)