77.18km â€“ 10H21â€™
Altitude : 91m
Serge has Â« too much of pain Â» says Max this morning. The first five kilometers take him almost 1 hour and RenĂ© is worried because he doesnâ€™t appear; finally, here he comes. The terrain is rather hilly; Serge is fatigued and glued to the asphalt. He doesnâ€™t advance and drags himself along.
There are changes in the team, with the departure of Max this afternoon and the arrival of Bertrand at the end of the morning, who, as Serge says, left us 12,700 km back. Bertrand didnâ€™t have the time to say Boo before he becomes involved, which didnâ€™t bother him in the least; our â€śbig Daltonâ€ť who ran the Medoc marathon last weekend.
We are leaving Picardy to enter the Champagne-Ardenne (without an s) Region. There is a strong westerly wind which blows first from the side and then at Sergeâ€™s back. There is beautiful sun shining on the â€śThe city of kingsâ€ť.
Here are a few of the questions we asked our runner at dinner last night:
How did you live your stage? â€śNormally, by breathingâ€ť. (What a sense of humor!)
â€śIâ€™m tired but happyâ€¦â€ť
â€śSince today my knee, the right ankle and the right Achilles tendon, thatâ€™s all, which is not bad for today is it?â€ť
Your positive thought today? â€śTomorrow +2,000 km past the record distanceâ€ť
Your negative thought today? â€śI didnâ€™t have one!â€ť
The part of the stage you preferred. â€śI didnâ€™t have one; todayâ€™s stage was not funâ€ť
What made you advance today? â€śNothing, I was running backwards!â€ť
More seriously, thanks go to Nabil and the Reims chapter of the CJD for their welcome. We salute the presence of Mrs. Michel, the assistant to the director of sports.
A surprise was waiting for me: my aunt was at the finish. She brought us goodies which we will enjoy. I am delighted to see her and she tells me that she is living our adventure on a daily basis, as she is for her grandson, Nicolas, who has been in the Antarctic for the past ten months on a one-year mission. She confided that when we will have finished our journey and when Nicolas will be back there will be a void.
Town : Reims (Marne)
GPS : N 49.24â€™70.6Â° E 004.02â€™10.4Â°