Blue skies today! I think this is the first day I've ridden without a jacket or raincoat. This afternoon was actually quite hot.
I wore my skin tight (ultra comfy)biking pants today. Note to self: when wearing these pants, find a discreet place to stop and do your touch-your-toes stretch. Got a few honks and hollars today. I'm just going to tell myself it's because I'm so sexy, and not because I was obstructing the road or something.
I saw some sheep who ignored me, a horse who really wanted to come up to me for a pet (or a bite of my cereal), but couldn't because a ditch separated us, and some barking dogs whose intentions I failed to decipher ("Come play with us!" or "Keep away!"). I also saw the Eiffel Tower today.
The last 20km coming into Blaye were quite easy. I remember the same in 2011. It must be downhill all the way :-)
I took the ferry from Blaye to Medoc. Then, once on the other side, I rode over to Margaux. Upon arriving at the hotel, I saw a nice welcoming sign saying "OPEN" but the place was deserted. I called the number of the hotel, and somebody answered thankfully, and sent somebody to open up for me and give me the key to a room. The person who answered the phone told me that business was slow today, so they left early : probably just a few minutes before I reserved the room online. Well, at least I got a room in the end. I went to a pizza take-out place next to the hotel : probably the only place open after 8pm here. :-)
Another milestone today! I've finished the "Poitou-Charentes" fold-out map and have started the "Aquitaine" map, which is my last map!
I think I did 87km today. This will probably be the longest day of this trip.