Here we are in Brittany again. At the beach of the picturesque town of Cancale you can find this small square with some booths. They are selling oysters here. Right in front of the coast you can find oyster banks set up by fishermen to breed oysters and harvest them more easily. When enlarging the image you can see some of the banks in the water. The beach right next to this square ist covered over and over with oyster shells. I guess, thousands of generations of oyster shells are laying here, thrown away by the people who bought and eat them. It’s an interesting sound when walking over them.
We got so wet – soaking wet. My trousers and my hiking shoes felt like I was coming directly out of the sea. Fortunately, I always wear hiking trousers, so the fabric was dry again after a couple of minutes (15 or so). My hiking shoes needed some more time to get dry.
Modern hiking shoes are made of special fabric to let moisture pass from the inside very easily and keep the feet dry, but work hard to not let water come in from the outside. The only weak point is the opening, where the feet are put in the shoes.
That day, the rain was so heavy, that it was able to come through my trousers and run down my legs and finally wet my shoes from the inside. The water used the opening meant to put the feet in them. That was too much for them.
After the rain, I pulled the inlay out of the shoes and dumped out the water. It’s really an unpleasant feeling when walking in soaking wet shoes. Back in my room, I removed the inlay again and stuffed toilet paper in my shoes to soak the moisture out of the material. Every now and then, I helped the toilet paper by letting a hairdryer blow warm air in the shoes.
About an hour later they were dried up completely and ready for the next trip.