Sunshine and wine

- "That's a really bad wine, the kind we might use for cooking", the cashier at the supermarket in La RĂ©ole told me. "I'm going to get a better bottle, hold on!", he said and he left the register with no regard for the line of people waiting patiently behind us.

The message was clear; in the Bordeaux area, you don't drink wine that is anything but excellent!

Fantastic wine for about €3 per bottle.

The weather was lovely. The autumn leaves changed color and started to fall, but the temperature was still in the high twenties as we had progressed south. However, our original plan was for us to cycle along the Atlantic coast west down through Portugal, and it sure looked a lot colder by the ocean than to the east, towards the Mediterranean sea.

So far in France, even though we came across the occasional bicycle path, we have mostly cycled on rural roads through tiny villages, tractor trails across fields or muddy paths in forests. However, crossing the count…

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