So the day started in Arras, walking past the hustle of people opening up market stalls. Couldn’t buy anything but still wished I could walk aimlessly around the place.
The aim was to get to Peronne and camp overnight.. Would be 54kms if I didn’t get lost….
Easy if I didn’t have a pack…
I was entering the battle fields of WW1 and there was an eerie breeze around. I couldn’t stop thinking about Charlie, now aged 19 and how different his life might have been in another time. Mate, go get some money out of my wallet and have a good time. Love you to bits. xxx
The contrast between our cemetery and the German cemetery was really quite disturbing. Very dark and cold.. their dead even have to share a cross. 😦
So plan to get 54kms done… Yes I added a few more walking round in circles, but I’m getting used to that, and talking to myself. Then I added a few more trying to find the campsite, but was totally worth it. It was an oasis! 7€ tent site and it had a bar!! Yes the 7€ sounds better as a tent site, two glasses of wine, and a shower for the grand total of 11€!! Shame that’s not where I am now, but more on that later…,
So I have my 2 glasses of wine, shower and get into my tent and I hear this guy saying “newk, newk, allo, allo” (that’s knock knock in French if you don’t understand …..)
I ignore it but he’s not going away. Shit. Ok, so it’s not like we’re the only two in the place, so I tell him to come around the other side of my tent (where there is a light shining so if he attacks me with one of those Croc Dundee sized knives, someone might be able to watch)
So, he comes around and it’s a guy that was drinking at the bar with a plate, knife and fork, kebab, chips and salad on it! For moi?! Seriously!
My early night just got later as I ventured over to his and wifey’s luxurious camper van for a meal and a Belgian beer. He was flapping his arms trying to offer me another kebab ( looked kind of crazy) when I realised he was trying to explain what sort of meat it was. About 5 mins later he mentioned Douffy durck! I suppose “canard” wouldn’t have been as funny.