2017 E5 walk, day 29: Dinan (zero-day)
My zero-day, with no forward progress on the walk, started off drizzly. I had a simple, leisurely breakfast at the hostel, after which I headed into Dinan to do a load of laundry.
I resented every hour I spent on laundry during the walk — I would rather have been walking, or exploring the area, or eating, or sleeping. Nevertheless, I finished in around an hour (for something around 7€, which was typical) and headed out for lunch.
Lunch was at Breizh Crêp’, which was quite pleasant. But I made one terrible mistake: I ate as if I were walking 15 miles along the trail at a good pace while carrying 20 lbs. Instead, I was strolling around town, carrying a few clothes in a mostly-empty backpack, and my metabolism had slowed far more quickly than I expected.
I was full. After I finished and started walking around town, I was so full that I seriously wondered if I was going to throw up, and that maybe it would be better if I did. I didn’t; after a slow stroll and as much water as I could drink (which wasn’t much), the worst passed. But I was slow and cautious for the rest of the afternoon.
I started by walking along the medieval walls of the town. It took me a little while to find the way up, but it was worth the effort; the views — both of the town and of the Rance below — were striking.
I also trekked to the edge of town to the tourist office, to get some stamps for postcards that I’d gotten earlier in the day. (It was Saturday afternoon, so the post office was already closed.) They refused to sell me stamps without also selling the postcards themselves, so I ended up buying extra postcards and leaving them behind in the hostel that evening.
For the rest of the afternoon, I just wandered the town.
I headed back to the hostel for a while, then down to the Port of Dinan (a stretch of businesses along the Rance, below the town’s eastern gate) for dinner. I ate a late (for me) meal at La Crêperie du Port, then went back to the hostel for an unprecedented second night’s sleep in the same bed.