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Auxerre to Agen

Another recumbent bike epic across France.  There seems to be a theme developing, accidentally, but based on European Bike Express' collection points; the last one was B to B (Beaune to Barcelona), this one is A to A.

Having gone down the east of France and over the Massif Central last year this year I thought I'd explore the westerly area a little more.  So, this trip went from Auxerre, followed the Canal du Nivernais to Decize, went west towards Chateauroux and Le Blanc then Poiter, followed La Vienne river skirting Angouleme, Limoge and Perigeux to get to La Reole, finally following the Canal Entre Deux Mers to Toulouse and a bit beyond before returning to Agen for the coach journey home.

About 1,500km in all.

Magret and micuit

This was the first course, magret ham, with foie gras micuit, with salad and a very good balsamic dressing.  I just love foie gras be it paté, micuit, or poêlé.

 

Canard

The main course was duck, two pieces, one magret and the other confit.  The herb leaf you see is actually carrot leaf, it had me puzzled, I'd not come across that before used as a garnish.  Oh, and the bread was gorgeous too, light and fluffy in the centre with a very crispy crust, and very tasty.

 

Camp views

Each of the emplacements were in a little protected square of hedges.  On the other side there was a small river/canal, so it was very quiet.  Rollover to see a view from of other direction, though you might need to hover your mouse over for a few seconds before the other image loads.

The next day I had as a rest day and went to explore Moissac.  There was a market so I bought some peaches and cherries, the cherries were fantastic and cheap by comparison with England.  I didn't bother with lunch but went back to the campsite and ended up sleeping for 3 hours.

I went back into town on the bike for dinner and listened to the sound check of a group that were going to play as the soundtrack for an animated film to be projected in front of the abbey.  Unfortunately, it wasn't going to start until 10.00pm and I didn't have my lights and, inspite of my sleep, was still feeling tired, so I decided to just have dinner and miss the film.

The only cheaper place to eat was a pub, english stylee, where I had cassoulet and rosé, though it was still 19€.

On the way back I chatted to a french couple, who were touring with their bikes, about their trailer, and when I mentioned that I was going south they gave me a street plan of Toulouse, which proved very useful the next day.

 

Moissac to Deyme

18th July.  91km, avg 17.8km/hr, max 33.3km/hr 5hrs riding, 8hrs total.

Deyme is about 20km south of Toulouse.

This is the canal bridge south of Moissac, there is a much bigger one on the way into Agen but it hadn't really registered.  I met a cyclist when I was taking this photo who couldn't quite believe that I hadn't noticed the canal bridge at Agen so I paid particular attention on the way back.  The cyclist was fascinated by the recumbent and had a sit on it to see what it was like.  We ended up chatting for 20 minutes or so before I continued.