Another pathetically late set off again from a really nice camp site.

I was so late that I was worried the camp owner might try and bill me for another night. As I’d already eaten into today’s stage of the route I wasn’t too fussed as it was only a planned 64 miles.

It wasn’t long after setting off when I entered what appeared to be a large town (Sarlat-la-Caneda) so I started thinking “large town must equal == Decathlon”

And guess what?

I felt like it was Christmas! I contemplated the 16 Oz cylinder, but that would have occupied over half a pannier, so I compromised with the 8oz.

So with a big smile on my face I pushed on.

I was cycling alongside a ride when I spotted a cycle tourist ahead of me.

It was nice to shoot the breeze with Mark who’s from Cheddar and doing the ride over three weeks. I can see how three weeks gives you more time to look around and really take in the sites.

Mark was stopping in Souillac so we parted company here.

Now, for the first time on this trip there were some long climbs. The buildings clinging to the cliff face at Rocamadour where very impressive.

The 4km climb out from the valley was enjoyable and it provided the best views of the buildings.

I soon left the higher elevations and arrived in Gramat. I grabbed supplies for a cooked meal and headed out to the campsite situated just out of town. It’s a rustic affair on a farm, but is quiet and has everything you need.

It’s even got a barking dog!