Day 9 Royan to Bordeaux

Posted by: Rob on 10/06/2013

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65.78 mi

566.77 mi

Day 9
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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...

Gallery

Waiting for ferry
Bike on ferry
Ferry breakfast
Approaching port
Vineyards
Booze field!
Vineyard house
Another one
Vineyards everywhere
Weather picking up!
Campsite
Dinner!
Poncey!

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  Rob on 11/06/2013

Nice one! I think you need to up your mileage a bit though ;-)
 

  simonparrott on 11/06/2013

You have inspired me, I have cycled to work the last three working days. That's 33 miles in total! I rock!
 

  Mum on 11/06/2013

Sorry to hear its raining - think its going to rain here too. Its so cold that the central heating has come on!
 

  Dad on 10/06/2013

Dinner looks good but where are the greens? Chris Froome favourite for Le Tour? Dad
 

  Rob on 10/06/2013

As for my route - I'm going to smash it on the road to Toulouse, then pick up the canal there...
 

  Rob on 10/06/2013

Ferry took half an hour which I suppose is what I expected. @babbsy I only had one today, which is a low PAC count. I shall endeavor to increase that tomorrow!
 

  Karen on 10/06/2013

Nice scenery and the food looks great...
 

  simonparrott on 10/06/2013

Hmmm, was looking at the Website for the Canal du Midi and Voie Verte (http://www.canal-et-voie-verte.com/La-carte), it looks fantastic but as you have probably already found out the map is not that useful! Follow the river?!
 

  Aidan on 10/06/2013

Awesome, just a few more calories (at least 10000 a day!)
 

  Gilbert finster on 10/06/2013

Breakfast looks nice but is to small
 

  Mum on 10/06/2013

dinner looks good! How far was the ferry crossing? Hope you get more sun soon.
 

  Babbsy on 10/06/2013

Good work mate. The mileage and weather data is good. Could we also have a pain-au-chocolat count?
 

  Kirst on 10/06/2013

Possibly Pauillac. I'm pretty sure there's a wine called that. I made friends with a very tiny kitten today, he's only about 10 weeks old. He had a good gnaw on my hand.