We rose bleary eyed at 07:00 and headed off towards Sartène. It had rained in the night but the morning was dry but dull. We stopped to buy some gorgeous brebis cheese from the producer who showed us into a room full of cheeses in various stages of ripening and invited us to try a sample, it was a pity I’d left my camera on the bike. We paused for lunch by picnic benches on the approach to Sartène, finishing just in time to beat the first daytime rain we’d encountered on Corsica. We stopped in the town to dry off at a café and called in at a pharmacy for advice about a mosquito bite on my wrist which had swollen even more during the night. The pharmacists declared they’d never seen such a reaction to a mosquito bite and could only suggest antihistamine cream, which I’d already tried. They gave us a needle to lance it, which released some watery fluid. I also had two very itchy six inch diameter rashes on my thighs from the pests, really odd as midges don’t bother me unduly and I’ve had wasp and bee stings without any reaction.
We called in a supermarket for our evening provisions, including a bottle of Sartène wine which I thought may help me to sleep better, plus some 76% Poulain chocolate as comfort food. We tried the Columba campsite near Propriano and rented a bungalow for only €45 – we were lucky as most sites don’t let for one night only. After cooking we walked to the beach just in time for a wonderful sunset to illuminate the sea. Again I’d left my camera behind so you’re having to settle for an uninspiring rock view as the photograph of the day.