St Laurent to St Macaire - Retyrement on 2 Wheels 2 - CycleBlaze

June 11, 2018

St Laurent to St Macaire

Canal path, rainy path, tree-blocked path.

June 11 Monday 75kms

St Laurent to St Macaire 

Canal path, rainy path, tree-blocked path.

Rain and thunder in night. Late arrival French blokes from Toulouse are up early and have their cycle trailers packed smartly.

Back on canal. Pretty countryside. Coffee stop required as we did not breakfast. The new cafe at Buzet Sur Baize must be hopeful of good summer trade. The little ports along the canal have plenty of boats, and we see a young team who are cleaning and restocking the boats for hire.

Showers intermittent. We have late lunch in hot sun then need coats on for a cool spell of heavy rain. Pass the wide muddy brown swirling Garonne. The rain has brought down trees and we encounter some hindrances. At one point we wait while workmen clear a fallen tree.

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Puch-d’Agenais
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Garonne
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Le Mas D’Agenais
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Lunch beside a very full Garonne.
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Bastides, ( fortified settlements) adorn the canal. The Lot river joins the Garonne at Monluc, above our canal, - it was on our radar should we have taken an offer to visit the little town of Ussel, but we keep that for another time.

Some long stretches without habitation. At Fontet the trail diverts to a northern approach for Bordeaux. We proceed to Castets et Castillo then take road to St Macaire. The plan is to reduce the ride to Bordeaux next day.

St Macaire
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St Macaire, Office of Tourism  have accommodation info and we find Domain de Dame Blanche. We have a quaint room with Yellow candlewick bedspread. All lovely. An evening walk around the medieval town and some tasty dinner takes care of the evening and our appetite.

Today's ride: 75 km (47 miles)
Total: 956 km (594 miles)

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