Stage 9 Aire-sur- L'Ardour to Navarrenx 91k 6 September 2014
Bread jam yoghurt & coffee
Dinner bed & breakfast 33e
10 to 28. Hot and high humidity
The ride - tracking the sunflowers
A ride of many ups and fast descents. We stop at Arzacq 34k for morning tea. Because it's Saturday there are markets in most villages. We continue on to Morlanne 43k where there is a weekend festival of painting. This is a lovely village.
The scheduled lunch stop of Moslacq 67k uproves to be a disappointment as the only restaurant is closed for lunch. It is oppressively hot which is why the houses are now more hacienda in style with their tall angular roofs.lunch is a life saving little restaurant in the middle of nowhere (Souvlade abbey). About 14k to go. And then 5 k from Naverrenx thru the valleys to the left the distant grande Pyrenees.
Goats cheese and honey panini
Snail from the boulangerie this morning
Dogged determination. This was a hard day particularly the last climb into Navarrenx.
The rolling valleys and cute villages. People along the way are saying Spain even better.
Hard climbs in oppressive heat
None. Cumulative punctures 1
Town is booked out with the only option appearing to be the Hotel du Commerce
But we get a bath and a grown up towel!
A great bed at last for a decent sleep... But no, are awoken at 2am to a fire alarm in the hotel. Well one of the magnificent 7 wasn't disturbed by it. He continued to sleep through! The idling fire engine and flashing light stayed for quite awhile adding to the sleep disruption.
The fare - Hotel du Commerce - alfresco
Starter - local ham or smoked salmon or capsicum stuffed with cod
Mains - fish with small vegetables in a pastry or pork or fish with paella rice
Dessert - local cheeses or selection of little desserts