Friday, April 12, 2013

Day 14 - France cycling trip : Maisonnay - Cognac

It turns out there were no thunderstorms today,  so I decided not to spend the day in Maisonnay. I wasn't sure how far I'd get, because of high winds again today, but I made it to Cognac, and I only had to push my bike a couple of times! :-)

For the first half of the trip today, the ride was quite nice, as the road went through a forest (Chef Boutonne forest). The second half was quite hard because of 35km/h headwinds.

It's really starting to get warm now.  At times it almost felt like summer had arrived :-)

I was craving Buffalo Grill tonight, as there is one just outside Cognac, but I couldn't seem to find it when I walked over to where Google maps said it was. So, I had Flunch instead. Flunch is somewhat like Sizzlers.  I had a faux filet with rice and a slice of camembert.

Today I was able to take plenty of photos on the road.  Tomorrow should be even better weather!  Yay!


  1. Oh, Carmen, I love these roads among the trees to ride the bike. Here I have no choice but riding it among the whizzing cars that some times scare me coming so close from behind. Your way is the way to ride the bike.
    Two full weeks already. Wowwww
    My compliments. I never doubted you could do it.
    I don't know whether you never surprise me or you keep surprising me all the time.

    1. You could ride the trail in Azusa canyon. You'd have to navigate to cars to get there, but I also have to navigate through cars before I get to these roads :-)

  2. Quoi ? !! Du Pulco en canette ?

    PS: En tant qu'américaine je ne sais pas si tu connais celle là:

    1. Le pulco est normalement en bouteille?

      Pour la video: I should dress like that. Those clothes are sure to make me even more visible to drivers than a yellow vest. Well, to male drivers anyway. Sounds like Brigitte *really* enjoys the vibrations of the road.

  3. Somewhere past 2 weeks you really disconnect from the world you know and start to see things you normally miss. I get to where nothing bothers anymore and I feel incredibly calm. In fact, it's a little hard to go back to my normal routine when I've been gone that long. I don't want to lose unflappable composure, but of course, I inevitably do as the cares of ordinary life return. I love the landscape you are passing through. If I were to tour in France I would probably ride either the coast or the mountains, but I see a lot of charm in the places you are passing through, nonetheless. It's a real pleasure following along. Ride on, Carmen!

    1. I am not sure I'm that zen! I keep worrying something will go wrong and I won't be able to complete the trip. I'm more confident in my abilities now, after a couple of weeks, but my bike worries me. The handlebars are making a creaking noise. Apparently it's a common problem. I think next tour I do won't have a goal of a destination to reach. I'll research pleasant biking paths and just spend time on them. This will help to have a different mindset