Paris trip Day 3 – Abbeville to Beauvais

OK, so the Garmin is re-instated and the user has been sacked, what a muppet! You would have thought that a gadget freak like me would have at least checked to see if there were any options, you know the ones like “Ignore Off Road Tracks”, “Follow Route” etc, but no, much easier to swear at it, blame Garmin for being incompetent.  So, after I set the gadget up correctly, guess what? … it worked like a charm.

I admit to having a sense of humour failure yesterday as I was walking down essentially a ploughed up field, but today …… much much better.  The route was flat(‘ish) most of the way and I was able to crack on at a reasonable pace getting me to Beauvais at around 4:30pm and I set-off at 10am.

Beauvais is a lovely little town, great shopping area and a fantastic Cathedral, maybe if we all set-off a little earlier in the morning in June we’ll have time to explore a little, but to be honest I was very grateful for the lie in.

Compared to yesterday this was a breeze and it was nice to kick back a bit and just enjoy the ride.  I’ve discovered that the French seem to have more a fascination for dogs than the English do, all barking in support for me along the route, or just wishing they could leap over the fences and take a piece out of me, I’m pretty sure it was the latter.

I have come down with a dose of fully blown “man flu” which isn’t helping much I just hope it goes as quickly as it came.  I’m coughing, spluttering and sneezing …… Hah, ’tis but a flesh wound.

Oh yeah, somehow I managed to “lose” the 2.8kg lock I was carrying … it must be somewhere, possibly under the bed at the hotel in Abbeville :)  Boy what a difference that made I can’t wait to do this with no rucksack as well in June.  The hotel must have though I was nuts, but “losing” it was the best decision I’ve made.

So tomorrow, it’s a 6am start with the hope of getting to Paris by noon to meet my Mother (who’s in Paris as well) and friends of ours Paul and Caroline who live there.  Now getting up a 5am to be ready for the off at 6 isn’t so bad, but of course I would choose the weekend the clocks go forward, which means no breaky, so I’m stocking up on some carbs now before hitting the sack.

No rain today, so please no rain tomorrow. I’m not going to pretend this has been easy, I do need to work on my fitness and leg strength fort June.  I ache everywhere, but if it was easy it would be no challenge, and that’s the point.  For me if this raises awareness and money for Kidney Cancer then job done!  Behind the scenes the fund is working hard to get as much publicity as we can and it’s not an easy subject so if anyone has any ideas then let me know and I’ll pass it on, or just contact them direct.

As a quick rejoinder I had a chat with Nick Turkentine today who runs the James Whale Fund for Kidney Cancer and there are some really exciting things in the pipeline that the fund is working on.  It was a reminder of why we’re all doing this so fellow Arch to Arcer’s and readers tell your family, friends and work colleagues that we need to raise as much money as we can for this event.  Everyone has done so well to date and we’re up above 65% of our target of £20,000.  Click on the links below or the links on the top left hand side of the web-site and give what you can.

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Posted under Andy Thomas, Arch To Arc 2010

4 Comments so far

  1. rose woodward March 27, 2010 11:00 pm

    Speechless Andy, Really !!

  2. Linda Cox March 28, 2010 1:11 am

    You are such an inspiration Andy! Your Kidney Onc family is cheering you on!!!
    Good luck from the U.S. We’re all proud of you!
    Proud mom of Lori Ann Shew

  3. karen in ottawa canada March 28, 2010 8:55 pm

    awesome – enjoy Paris! it’s such a beautiful city! you are doing a very memorable thing! good on ya!

  4. AndyThomas March 29, 2010 3:04 pm

    Hey Karen

    Thanks so much for the donation!!

    Loved Paris (I always do) just a shame I had to come back :)

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