It's getting hot! At some point, my weather widget indicated 29 Celsius / 84 Fahrenheit. I was wearing pants and a sweatshirt, so I was pretty hot. I was guzzling water.
Today wasn't exactly what I expected. On every map of France that I've seen, this area (Aquitaine) has always appeared as green. So, I had visions of forests everywhere, similar to the Chef-Boutonne forest I went through on day 14.
In reality, the roads were a mix: some of the typical roads in the country, surrounded by fields, some small roads going through villages, some high traffic departmental roads with bike lanes (some bike lanes were essentially a big shoulder of the road and some were completely isolated from traffic.)
At some point, I decided to venture off looking for Bois Lubec. Google maps walking directions suggested a road which did not even exist on my Garmin gps. As I approached this road, I thought my Garmin might be thinking it was in a twilight zone episode, where it being transported on this non existent road might result in it traveling to another dimension. I reassured it that Google maps must know what it was doing.
It turns out I probably should have listened to my Garmin. This road was walkable, but not at all bikeable. It was mostly sand with some patches of grass and twigs. It had very few trees on the side, so little protection from the sun around 2pm. With the sand and incessant scorching heat, I began to wonder if I was in the desert instead of the forest. Needless to say, as soon as I saw a paved road, I happily took it and pedaled away to civilization again, abandoning my plans to visit Bois Lubec. I then apologized to my Garmin for not trusting it.
The roads today have been very flat compared to most of the trip so far. This monotony is actually quite welcome :-) I am pretty sure I will have quite a bit of climbing to do in a couple of days, so I'm enjoying the flat roads for now.
As for food : today being Sunday, not much was open. I actually made a couple km detour to have McDonald's at lunch. For dinner, I walked about 2km in search of a Flunch which I never found, then found some fast food joint where I ordered a burger to go. I picked up a muffin at a bakery to complete the meal, and ate in the hotel room. In the last two days, I've had three burgers and one pizza. Burp.