Day 6 (Calais to Amiens)
Day 6 is always a tough but very scenic one as its over 100 miles from Calais to Amiens. The positive though is that the roads are much quieter in France and the route winds its was through quiet country villages.
Heading out through the Calais one way system the first 10 miles are flat and progress is speedy.
Then the rolling hills start and go on until about mile 27 without much respite and the average speeds drop significantly. Some of the hills seem to go on for ever and the downhills see some impressive speeds being clocked up by the more adventurous of the group.
The wind wasn’t too bad this year but it soon became very hot and at its peak temperatures reached over 35 degrees which meant many of our number used their liquids up very quickly. Cyclists took cover under trees at certain points and many made use of the fritteries, more of which seem to be open this year.
The route passed through some lovely villages and even the French crooked spire.
Marie and Paul continue to be the fastest of the group. Making it to Amiens in an impressive 7 hours.
However the majority got caught in major downpours as the heat was followed by thunder storms which made cycling impossible and shelter was sought in the vans and at Abbeville.
However the main thing is, despite more issues with Jason’s bike that all the cyclists made it safely to Amiens which has a most impressive cathedral and bars which serve a selection of fruit beers.
Tomorrow is a 70 miler to Chantilly and here’s hoping the weather is both cooler and drier!