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
Bread & zucchini jam
Dinner, bed & breakfast 25e. Gets cheaper the further west we go!
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.
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
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
Feted & sated
Lunch was special
Busy traffic. We've been spoilt
Pate and boiled egg with cheese (very sweet melon instead of pate for Pauline)
Baked Chicken leg with scallopini potatoes
Bread (including house provided GF bread !)
Vanilla ice cream