Day 9 Montpellier to Bordeaux - Lacanou Océan

75kms from Bordeaux to the sea.

Things didn't start too well this morning in Bordeaux. It was freezing cold and for some reason Christine took a total dislike to the cafe where I decided to stop for breakfast. For me the choice didn't matter, the petit dejeuner is always a grande ripoff and it doesn't make that much difference where the ripoff happens. As far a Christine was concerned however my choice revealed a fundamental character flaw which could only be remedied by a sustained silence.

The silence was sustained as we passed along the river, through old Bordeaux and out into the suburbs. The suburbs to the west of Bordeaux went on and on and, despite the beautiful surface and the company of hundreds of runners and other cyclists, our glum mood was sustained.
An ugly route leaving Bordeaux

At last we left the endless French bungalows behind but were then confronted with the longest straightest trail we have seen so far. It stretched forever into the distance. Christine spoke - 'this is like cycling from Berlin to Moscow' and although this seemed to be a bit of exaggeration I could see her point.
An old railway line, long and straight
We stopped at a place called St Helene, which on the map looked quite substantial. Unfortunately like most small French towns it has been hollowed out by supermarkets (worse than the UK I think) and all we could get was two slices of pizza and a fizzy drink (for a third of the price of breakfast). It was now 11 but by not talking to each other we had actually covered a lot of ground and Christine suddenly realised we could make it to Lacanou for lunch.

We managed the next 35 kms in about 90 mins, flying along, slipstreaming and working like a real team. The only thing that slowed us down was the need to remove layers, the sun had come out, and the weather as well as Christine's mood had been transformed.
When in France eat the oyster
Good weather at last

Lacanou Océan in the sunshine is a very nice place. Not exactly sophisticated it's a small resort but with lots of cheap sea food restaurants. Our hotel, run by a super efficient chain smoking woman, had one of the largest. We grabbed a quick shower in a room with its balcony overlooking the ocean and then went into the sea front restaurant where we ate oysters and moules. To celebrate our arrival at the Atlantic we drank a lovely bottle of white wine, choosing of course, Entre Deux Mers.

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