I woke at 3:30, 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 this morning. Breakfast was at 8:30. I’d had enough and decided, after a bit of a mental struggle, to get out of bed and go for a run. I headed down the hill towards Altafulla’s beach front. There was hardly a soul around. I don’t understand it, it’s beautifully cool at that time in the morning and yet everyone is still sleeping.
Returning to the hotel I discovered that my key to the nigh door didn’t work and I was trapped outside. I rang the night telephone number, this being an only temporarily staffed hotel, but it didn’t work. I sat on the step and played with my phone for half an hour until the cleaning lady turned up.
I couldn’t decide which way to go today, something complicated by the fact that my GPS doesn’t have maps for France. I started off badly, missing three turns in a row because the GPS was slow in catching up with my position. Frustrated, I decided to reprogram it and take the shortest route to Perpignan, even though this would take me down the toll roads. At the first booth I felt rushed by the cars behind, so unable to get a pocket open with my gloves on, I stuffed the ticket in my teeth. Not the most sensible thing to do. Realising that this wasn’t a viable option I managed to stuff it into my pocket as I rode along. This wasn’t wise either, as the screwed up ticket wouldn’t work in the terminal at the pay booth and I had to wait for someone to come and help me, much to my embarrassment and the frustration of the drivers behind. I resolved to find a better system.
At the second toll booth of the day I took my time and carefully inserted the ticket in the ma case on my tank bag before driving off. Cracked it, I thought. But as I arrived at the pay booth thirty kilometers down the road I discover that the ticket had vanished. I mustn’t have done up the Velcro properly. More angry motorcyclists.
When I arrived at the Hotel Kyriad Perpingan Sud Ina small industrial estate outside this nice French town (great choice Nick), Dave’s bike was already in the car park.