Although not actually raining when I got up, it was pretty cold and damp. So I did the whole packing everything up thing without getting out of my tent!
I was ready to go by 8.30 which meant I had loads of time to get to the ferry terminal a couple of miles away.
On arrival I bought a ticket and proceeded to the boarding area to wait. A couple also on bikes came up and started chatting. They noticed my GB sticker on my rear mudguard, so knew where I was from. They were from Flanders and we had a good old chat about touring in general. They'd done some pretty impressive stuff in the past, so it was interesting talking to them.
Once on the ferry, I went inside and bought some breakfast. It was a bit too miserable to sit outside!
On arrival I said goodbye to my new buddies and got underway. I passed a Swiss couple I saw about 4 days ago! The were pretty unmistakable as they were on one of those weird tandems where the pilot is in a recumbent position and the stoker as normal. They were also towing some sort of home made trailer that was really loaded up with stuff.
Anyway, I saw a sign that said Bordeaux was 100 km away, so I took my waterproof off (warmed up a bit) and hit it.
It started raining again almost immediately! Not very hard though so I just kept going. The road was more or less dead straigt for 20 miles. There were no towns or anything. Just vineyards as far as the eye could see. I don't think I've ever ridden so far in a straight line before!
I eventually got to a town so I stopped to get some water as I had been doing an impression of a camel up until then! Bizarrely, I felt like an ice cream, so bought one.
The road split at this point, so I took the scenic one that goes through all the famous vineyards of the area, rather than the slightly more direct main road to Bordeaux.
It rained on and off, so I just put my jacket on and left it on. It would only start again if I took it off!
I stopped for some food at Puaillac (I think that's what it was called) and got going again straight away. It was a bit of a dump which surprised me somewhat.
After that it was plain sailing all the way to Bordeaux. The sun came out and I was flying through the vineyards with a tailwind.
It really was quite remarkable. I rode for about 50 miles and there wasn't a single break in the fields of vines. That's an awful lot of booze!
I soon reached the outskirts of Bordeaux, so stopped to work out where I needed to go to get to the one and only campsite I had found. I found the site no problems - ok, I had a bit of help from my phone and a few satellites ;-)
It's a really good site with lots of facilities. The WiFi is super quick, so I've uploaded some pics including my dinner pics from yesterday!
The restaurant here looks amazing, so I shall be having my dinner there a bit later.
Tomorrow morning I will need to work out where I need to go to get on the cycle path, so I shall try and find a map...