74.78km â€“ 10H30â€™
Altitude : 385m
A gloomy Valentineâ€™s Day
It has been raining and dark as night all day long. This stage is dull, without flavor, the scenery green and dejected. Altamura is a sad, gray city. When all is said and done, I would be better off at home with my cat on my knees and Serge next to me. In these gloomy days when I see him locked within himself and with the pain in his abductor muscles, which forces him to alternate running and walking, i.e. the famous â€śCyranoâ€ť method, I ask myself what the justification for this challenge can be. When I see Serge with such a tired mien, who wonâ€™t say anything, wonâ€™t look at the scenery (or at us for that matter), I ask myself what can possibly motivate him to continue. I ask myself, I have no answer and I prefer not to find one. I canâ€™t wait to go to bed tonight for tomorrow is another day. These are my two obsessions todayâ€¦â€¦.
Serge has always said to me Â« if one day, one single day, I donâ€™t get a minuteâ€™s pleasure on the road then I will stopâ€ť. So there has to be at least one minute of pleasure during the day for him to continue and tonight I will ask the question for February 14 because I have looked and today have not found this famous minute.
Serge says: Â« Getting up was very difficult, so was starting. For 5 hours all I felt was slowness and heaviness, and then at kilometer 44 I began to feel better, in spite of the heavier rain. I started having positive thoughts and pleasure too (in response to Larueâ€™s question). The end of the stage was difficult because the road after Altamura was particularly dangerous: almost no shoulder, heavy traffic and then night fell. Luckily I was pampered by the super team we have with us.â€ť
Tomorrow: Gioia del Colle â€“ Noci - Locorotondo
Town : Cabal Sabini (Les Pouilles)
GPS : N40.79956Â° E016.65681Â°