Donkeys Everywhere


I cycled right up to the door of the tourist information office in Leglise, a modern steel and glass structured with pine wood cladding all over it, sort of Swedish sauna meets green house. It is right next to the police station both were closed. I rearranged my panniers for bedtime and started to look for a place to sleep. I went round the back of the tourist information office and discovered they have lovely Swedish style showers, they too were closed. I could have slept in the entrance, it was enclosed but the floor was covered in what seemed to be railway ballast (Swedish). I scouted for potential accommodation for the evening, there was a new build, a house with walls no windows or roof but it was unfenced and in a quite area, however it had water covering all the floor, they want to get that fixed before selling it.

I headed up the hill pushing the bike out of Leglise and for the next mile there were donkeys in the fields on both sides of the road. I had to laugh as they came from the far side of the field and walked with me, there were five of them on one-sided and three on the other, when I stopped, they stopped. When these donkeys could walk no further they began to Eeyore really loudly, as if to say cheerio – I enjoyed being spurred on by those donkeys.

At last I was at the top of the hill with a decent descent, I freewheeled down thinking of my new friends. I spotted a couple of places to wild camp but there were people working in the fields nearby, I pressed on and came across a lay by, it was full of farm equipment that looked like it had been there a while. There were two flat-bed trailers and I thought I’d sleep on one of them but I decided otherwise as it would be to exposed, so I slept under it. That way I would be out of sight and if it rained I would be reasonably dry. I lay my ground sheet out behind the wheels, so if for some reason a farmer towed it away and I hadn’t heard him hook it up I wouldn’t be crushed. I set up camp under the flat-bed trailer and had a very comfy night. I woke at 06:00 a little chilly but rolled over and slept another hour, once up and my bed was away I stayed and made coffee. It was a misty morning so lights and visi jacket on and away I went, an hour later the mist was thick fog.

I was getting cold so stopped at another lay by to build a fire, I managed to make a small fire but the wood was damp creating lots of smoke and a passing motorist stopped to see what I was doing. I explained I was cold and he just smiled and left. My fire building skills were lame so I extinguished it and moved on, by this time the sun had come out anyway.