Although the sea has been looming in the distance over the last few days, I’m now finally on the beach at Cassis. To my left rising up 400m is the largest coastal cliff in Europe and since my next destination is on the other side of the cliff the incentive is to stay here and eat breakfast instead. The ride up to the cliff is steep and I came across a fellow tourer from Lyon with a burst inner tube due to overheated rims from excessive breaking on the way down. Being quite a warm day his glue simply melted and the patch would not stick. The glue from my repair kit did the job. He plays a very peculiar stringed Indian banjo / guitar cross. He twanged out a few rhythms by the roadside to satisfy my curiosity.
Friends of the family who moved from Southport kindly offered a place to stay. In return I helped with jobs around the house… or tried to!
La Ciotat to Fox Amphoux
Two day bike ride away are more family friends, Mike and Chris. Mad keen on Tour de France, I fixed their printer while they watched the race.