The Magnificent Seven Cycle The Camino travel blog

After 3 mths of planning we get there. Eauze Henri IV restaurant

The crew waiting for the fare

Entree sardine rillettes

The baked fish

Or with chips cooked in duck fat!

.... Was great!!!

As was the fruit salad in Armagnac

And the coffee... Compliments of Morgan. The owner

Mosaics in Montreal de Gers

Montreal de Gers

Now THATS a tomato. Montreal de Gers markets

Fish monger at the markets

Montreal de Gers coffee stop

Eauze cathedral

Timbered houses in Eauze


Stage 8 Condom to Aire-sur-l'Adour 70 Klm 5 September 2014

For today's ride the distance is 13k less than initially planned due to an absence of sufficient accommodation in Geaune.

Petit dejeneur - Ancien Carmel

Corn flakes

Bread & zucchini jam

Coffee

The price

Dinner, bed & breakfast 25e. Gets cheaper the further west we go!

The weather

10 and overcast to 27 possibility of rain

The vineyard ride

Beautiful day makes for fast riding to Montreal where it's market day in the town square. Beautiful mossaic tiles from a local Roman villa. This area is renowned for Armagnac and all grape production goes to this drink.

We arrive in Eauze and head to the Hotel Henri 4th where Morgan is expecting us. This restaurant was recommended by Aurelli a waitress in the Lane Cove restaurant Le Simpatico. Eauze is a beautiful old town.

The fare

Plat du jour for 7

Rustic sardine & green olive pate in a lovely cream (Sardine rillettes)

Baked Dorard (fish) with baked whole garlic and baked potato with herb garlic butter or frites cooked in duck fat!

Fresh fruit salad macerated in Armagnac

& coffee

The price

13e

The ride continues

Traffic is increasing as we approach Spain particularly prime movers. The road is more busy than we have had before. Enter Nogaro 50k and see our first bull ring. Pull over by the side of the road for a rest and happen upon a cellar door. We try firstly 8 year old Armagnac and then 35 year old stuff. There is a difference. The next 20k are a nightmare of trucks but feeling fortified we are invincible. Role into Aire on the L'Ardour. It's a busy very picturesque town. The locals speak French ( Pauline finds the accent different) but look Spanish. Double back one village (Ger d'barcellonne) for our first experience of Chambre d'hôte and it's positive.

Ave speed over 70k 20 Klm p/h

The vibe

Feted & sated

The highlight

Lunch was special

The lowlight

Busy traffic. We've been spoilt

Problems

none

The fare

Pate and boiled egg with cheese (very sweet melon instead of pate for Pauline)

Baked Chicken leg with scallopini potatoes

Camembert

Bread (including house provided GF bread !)

Vanilla ice cream

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