Wednesday, July 18, 2012

3 days until Orléans - Océan

Travel day tomorrow, hopefully ending with a night in an Orléans hotel. Literally a day of planes, trains and automobiles. Then a week under canvas begins with race check-in on Friday afternoon. Stage 1 starts early on Saturday morning with a westerly 37-mile jog along the Loire in (hopefully) the direction of the Atlantic. Reaching St Nazaire by next Friday is my only goal, a little over 250 miles away.

I'm looking forward to seeing old friends and familiar faces from Transe Gaule, Trans Europe and Ultra Trace St Jacques. Generally good weather is predicted, but of course you never can tell. The Loire is a river, so the course must be flat and slightly downhill, right?

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