07 May 2005

In the Basque region, the Pyrenees in the distance.

The last few days have been intense but wonderful. Yesterday saw us cycling 120 km, through Armagnac country (the centre for the brandy that is fermented once, unlike Cognac, which is fermented twice). We also passed through the Bordeaux wine growing region, and we have been enjoying the Haut-M├ędoc wine. We are in sight of the Pyrenees and the views are becoming ever more expansive. This is Basque country; the architecture in the little towns is looking much more Spanish. We passed our first town with an active bullfighting arena today (St. Clicq). Our cycle computer says that we are close to having cycled 1000 kilometres on our journey so far.
We meet Dave and Jen on the 10th in Burguete, Spain (a favourite town of Hemingway's). Love to all.