Leaving Paris was worse than I expected with both my map and the signposts proving to be useless. I ended up just following a compass bearing of SW which involved going over the odd footbridge. I eventually found the D906 thqt I was after but it brought me to a roundabout with motorways on each exit, so back to the compass. I was getting a bit cheesed off but it was getting a bit more rural and at last I found the D906 further out of Paris. I stayed on it all the way to Chartres, where I found the local campsite and got set up just before it started raining.
Had a leisurely start today and visited the cathedral in Chartres, a really impressive Gothic structure that can be seen for miles around as it sits on top of a hill. Inside there are 130 stained glass windows and was well worth the visit.
I then set off south into a headwind, but at least the sun was out from time to time. It became dead flat and exposed with a large area of wind turbines and massive overhead irrigaters. I was mind numbingly boring, like Lincolnshire but worse, if that is possible. The French are good at town planning with impressive cathedrals qt the end of long streets, but out in the wilds is another thing. There always seems to be a massive eyesore in view in the shape of water towers. I stopped a random and could generally count 4 or 5 in view at a time today.
As I neared Orleans the clouds blackened and the heavens opened with lots of thunder and lightening and pretty soon I was soaked. It is a much bigger place than I expected and with no sign to campsites and the rain still coming down I made for a hotel. It's different to say the least. The showers is a stand alone unit, the likes of which I have never seen before and the loo is in the corner of the room with no partition. You can sit on the loo and look out of the large window straight down the highstreet. A loo with a view.
I am only going about 30K tomorrow as Caroline, her brother and sister in law are driving north from Barcelona and are stopping at a hotel there, so hopefully we will meet up. It's better than cycling in this bloody weather! Can you get trench foot on a bike. (This keypad hasn't got a question mark!)