We should be on a ferry but we are not. The power of people has spoken and not in our favour.
Alas all it not lost, we are assured that the ferry we attempted to catch this evening (but was not running owing to the strikes) will be leaving Séte tomorrow at some unknown point. Unfortunately the ferry runs to Nador and not Tangier, adding another 500 km of unplanned cycling to our route. Thus we have taken the decision to take a train to Rabat from Nador. We made the call based on route planning issues, time and the fact that we will need lots of it in Rabat (where we need to apply and wait for our Mauritanian and Malian visas).
Aside from the ferry problems we have been enjoying Montpellier, a colourful city with youthful energy. We wandered through the city’s narrow lanes today and hung out in the square as thousands of protestors took to the streets. Some 200 demonstrations took place across France today with around 3 million participants, an impressive and inspiring number. Families, the elderly and students were among the people marching against the pension reform bill which is likely to pass through the Senate soon and would raise the retirement age from 60 to 62. It was great to step back and appreciate the spirit of protest which is so clearly alive here, and perhaps engaged with a wider population than at home.
In between people watching and internet research (route planning) our waiting time has been spent eating, napping and generally relaxing- not too bad to be honest. With a bit of luck tomorrow the short wait will be over and our 42 hour trek from Séte to Rabat will begin.