Arras to Bapaume:
Left at 7 trying to beat the heat. For the 3rd day in a row the temperatures were in the 35-38C range.
Passed 3 small Allied graveyards but missed the German one.
Had nice chat with local on his bike who was very glad to see pilgrims from USA and Japan. He wrote our names and information down for local paper.
A short time later I took a turn in the woods and was startled by a dog the size of a small horse.
Arrived at our accommodation at 1:00 but Odile, the owner isn’t too happy with my request to leave early at 6:30. She warmed up though as it turns out we share a passion for Irish music. She egged me on seemingly enjoying my toneless voice when I started singing along with the musicians on TV to “Dirty Old Town” and “Wild Mountain Thyme”.
It never cooled down as I was sweating in bed.