I have finally made it to Bordeaux. After 16 days walking, and averaging almost 40 km per day, I am ready to have a more relaxing week!
On the Wednesday I started out, I only made it as far as Pontorson before I made a shopping stop. Needed some food for the coming days and as luck would have it, it was market day. Bought some fruit, a potatoe casserole and some bread. As I was waiting in front of one of the stalls, Daniel came over to ask me some questions about the-walk. He had a stall selling salicorne, amongst other things. He invited me over to try some. Its a sort of seaweed, and Daniel sells it pickled. It was quite nice, especially on duck paté, and I bought a jar. It is supposedly full of trace elements and good for you, so why not. Daniel also gave me a jar of fresh fish paste, so now I had plenty of food!
Later in the afternoon, I caught up with a couple from New Zealand that I had meet the night before. They were on a last European bicycle holiday before moving back home. I think they were a bit surprised to see me, 30 km south of where we had started the day.
I have had a few adventures, like seeing the aftermath of a minor car crash, and the weather has thrown more or less everything at me. It is not always sunshine and roses on the walk. Some days you are struggling against a head wind, in pouring rain, trudging along the nonexistent shoulder of a heavily trafficked road as you try to avoid becoming a new hood ornament on one of the seemingly thousands of French cars that speed past you with only inches to spare.
But then the next day finds you relaxing over a cup of coffee, in a tiny town where everybody seems to know everbody, and all the new people that drop in for their Sunday midday coffee or drink all come over to shake your hand and say bonjour.
There are more and more vineyards along the road and I am looking forward to some sampling of the finished product.
I am definitely feeling the distance after 16 days without a break, but intend to take it much easier in the coming week. I will even get some walking company in Bordeaux.
Anna-Maria is flying down to join me for a week and we intend to start off with a day walking around Bordeaux, a rest day…
Then it’s off down the coast towards Biarritz, where we hope to find the last of the summer sun!