From that idyllic campsite I didn’t cycle far. I stayed to enjoy the sun and the scenery and left about 2pm in the end. I stopped for a picnic with this view:
I was excited to be getting closer to the mountains excited seen from a distance for a while now.
I had taken advantage of the free WiFi at Pont d’ain and organised quite a few warmshower hosts feeling like I needed the company. So I felt a bit guilty arriving at Françios and Marc’s house after only 3 hours on the bike!
I made the mistake of trying to explain this in French when I arrived despite the fact that I don’t know the word for ‘guilty’ or how to say: ‘I have not been on my bike long today…’ -what tense is this?!
So with this start, my French speaking confidence and abilities evaporated and we ended up speaking mostly English for the rest of the time. It was very kind of them but I felt a bit disappointed in myself!
Anyway at least it meant I found out a bit about them! Together they run a record label for modern gospel music. Marc plays several different instruments and Françios sings. Marc spent two months cycling all the way from their home to Armenia this summer to raise money for school children there. He has a book full of interesting photos from his trip and a website about it here:
They also showed me this amazing video clip of a couplewho have spent the last 9 years exploring the world by bike and have even had two children en route!
Mundubicyclette Andoni-Alice – YouTube
They made sure I was well fed and I regretted having gorged on pack of biscuits before arriving at their house!
Françios even gave me some speciality homemade energy cake to take with me when I left! How lovely!