Part 1: Riders On The Storm
What a difference an hour makes. No sooner had we said our good nights but the clouds began to gather and it wasnâ€™t long before the rain drops started to fall â€“ long enough for Max to have crashed into the land of nod though, and soon he was getting rather wet â€“ like a few others he had set up tent without a fly as at 4pm the chances of rain were 1000-1. There may never have been a Saint Graham but Saint Manon has a certain ring to it and they came to the rescue just in time (may be we need another Race Award?) â€“ When Max woke up he was rather surprised: 1 How did his fly sheet miraculously jump out of his pack and over his fly? 2 If his fly was on how come he was still lying in a pool of water? Lame Duck â€“ No contest!
Part 2 : Fredâ€™s Wedding
No TDA convoy to lead us out today but we were soon accompanied by a rather different set of vehicles â€“ A Wedding Party! They passed up and down the highway several times during the day and finally Fredâ€™s curiosity got the better of him. He stopped to chat to the lead vehicle, asked them for the low-down and let them know who we were and where, after several tough climbs today, we would be staying for the night. Hey presto, as the last of the tents were being erected in the SoccAr Field (Ben needs a crash course in spelling it seems), who should arrive but the Bride and Groom accompanied by a clarinetist, a drummer and half of the local populace! An impromptu dance floor was quickly erected and soon everyone was at it, dancing the first dance â€“ I donâ€™t think the bride envisaged her dream wedding taking place â€˜al frescoâ€™ but there you go!
Despite last nightâ€™s storm – the weather is getting warmer and this area is very green so maybe we should expect a few more soakings! Either way we should be glad of all the wonderful hazelnuts, plums, apples and peaches this climate is offering up – delicious!
Days to go: 108
Punctures 3 today, total 5