The first day on the road of the new trip !

From Montpellier to Gignac (2018-06-22)


The last day of my former life arrived : Friday 22 of June 2018. I packed the OnTheRoad 4.0 and took off at 11am. The bike was ofcourse far to heavy to handle well, and to be honoust, even to handle unwell. I guess it weighs about 50kgs in this setting, so some has to be trimmed ... I therefore had to push quite some time since the uphills were to steep to pedal. Picture Temperature was some 31C, so i was happy to find this fountain. As usual the warning "eau nonpotable" was there (non drinkable water). Since the EU exists you won't find any fountains without such a warning any more. However, all bicyclists always drink this water, and nothing ever happens to go wrong.

This time the fountain looked extremely clean so I, as usual, tasted only a few drops from my finger. Then hell broke loose in my mouth then this water containt chloride ! The water was circulated by a pump and is there just for the looks ...

With that weight a bike can not be parked at its stands (having 2) since it simply tips over. Making photos was therefore not possible since I could not stop at most places.

However there was one exception. Then when i passed this monument I simply had to take this picture :
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"Andre Belot, killed by the Germans at the 24th of august 1944 at the age of 24" (click)


I am now living my life in maximum total freedom. All my life I am always very impressed whenever I see anything that is related to the great worldwars. So very many brave man and women have offered there lifes for Our Freedom ... It is exactly as I once read on a monument : "Ici souffle la Liberté" ("Here freedom breaths").


At YesFotos.nl you can find a chapter about World War 2 (click).

Picture Picture After 45kms and some 400 vms (vertical meters) I reached the camping municipal in Gignac at about 18pm and installed my stuff. Picture Picture Picture Picture I instantly was lucky since it was the weekend of the Fete de la Musique in town. With 10 bands playing live music at 3 podiums. Picture Picture Picture

The next morning there was another concert in town, for the more quiet people.

Picture Picture And at the campsite there were concerts all day too. Like from the cicades and the birds.

The cicades were born here by the 10-thousands. And eaten by the 9-thousands (luckily). In this animation you see a cicade pupate. At a certain moment they crawl out of the ground and then search for a place to hang. They need free space to have their wings unfold and then dried. And they hang everywere at anything available nearby. They however seem to prefer artificial materials since they choose ie tents, bags and tires mostly.

This animation is created with 304 photos that were taken in a tact of 10 seconds. They are played in a tact of 100 milliseconds. So the cicade took about 51 minutes to pupate and the animation takes about 31 seconds to play. I noticed this bird high upon that tree. For hours and hours it was scanning the fields next to the camping. To attack whenever some insect was seen.

All those insects were brought to that youngster in the nest in that other tree. It is an absolute joy to view that ! And it also is an absolute joy to have the Panasonic FZ1000 camera (click) at hand.

This is a beautiful place to be. So I have decided to stay some extra days in Gignac since it is a very nice little town and I do have a great campingspot. Picture Click at this picture to view the series about the beautiful flowers at the market. Picture And at this picture to view the series about Eglise Notre Dame de Grace. Picture Picture Picture Picture Picture Picture My first YesTrip made me feel like a snail. But ofcourse far less beautiful then this one 😀. I enjoy the situation, will rearrange the luggage (but how ?) and think about the next route. Since I have no (need for a) planning only time will tell ?!


See you at the next blog !
Wilfried


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